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1. They were rolling stones
Women love bad boys, men difficult to pin down. Born with wanderlust, Vikings were the ultimate bad boys. Talented seafarers, historians claim Vikings sailed as far south as Baghdad and as far west as Florida.
2. Vikings were into hygiene
There’s nothing sexier than a man who smells good. Unlike most people before the dawn of indoor plumbing, the Vikings were fastidious about their hygiene almost making it a religion. When at home they would bathe every week. They were said to comb their hair every day, their beards were groomed and they change clothes frequently.
3. Going ‘Berserk’ Wasn’t a Bad Thing
The Vikings believed going crazy wasn’t a bad thing. In fact, going berserk was used to describe a specific type of warrior, a berserker, who worked themselves up into a battle frenzy or what was termed going berserk. Berserkers so terrified their enemies, the word has maintained its meaning to this day.
4. They liked to get their hands dirty
Vikings were great warriors and constant explorers, but deep down they liked to get their hands dirty. And one of the main reasons for raiding and pillaging, and discovering far off places was to find farmland as not all of the land available to the Vikings was suitable for farming.
5. Vikings Were All About Equality
Contrary to their contemporaries, Vikings were quite progressive when it came to the fairer sex. Viking women could divorce their husbands at will, owned property and retained custody of her young children.
Married women, not men, were the heads of their households. They literally held the keys to the castle in that Viking women carried keys on a belt around their waists. These keys were not only a symbol of authority, but also a key to the household’s money and store chests.
And according to some historical accounts, women took up the sword and fought alongside men.
6. The Vikings were Avid Gamers
Faced with long, harsh winters, the Vikings worked hard and played hard—board games that is. Hnefatafl and Bräde were popular board games mentioned in several of the Norse Sagas.
7. Believed Writing Gave a Man Power
In Norse mythology, the runic alphabet was believed to have come from Odin when he sacrificed himself on Yggdrasil, the world tree, tearing them from the trees.
8. Vikings Believed in Fate
The Vikings believed everyone had a destiny. And that upon birth, we are all visited by norns who determine his or her future. The gods and even the world itself had a fate which it could not escape. In that the Vikings believed the world would be destroyed by a cataclysm called Ragnarok, during which most of the gods and mankind would perish, although a few would survive to rebuild a new world.
9. Vikings Kept Their Word
A Vikings word was bond. Liars, especially those who broke an oath of loyalty to one’s comrades, were despised. Such a person was called a Nithing, one who was not even considered a man because he so lacked honor. So despised were Nithings their duplicities would often be documented on a rune-inscribed stone to haunt them long after they’ve died.
10. If the Vikings Didn’t Exist There Might Not Have Been The Lord of the Rings
According to some critics J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was influenced by Viking culture. From the Norse Poetic Edda Völuspá, Tolkien borrowed the names of several dwarves and elves: Kili, Fili, Dwalin, Bombur and Gandalf. The final prophetic battle bears similarities to the Vikings belief in Ragnarök, also an end-of days war resulting in a near-complete destruction of the world, from which a new one is created. Even the hobbit homes with their turf roofs were said to be borrowed from the Vikings.
The Viking Wants Forever
Genre: Paranormal, Time Travel,
Publisher: Koko Brown
Date of Publication: June 24, 2015
Number of pages: 215+
Word Count: 80,000
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
A Love Frozen In Time…
Reese Johnson yearns for a life other than the world of drudgery she’s settled for as the manager of a comic book store. What’s that they say? Be careful what you wish for! That’s a motto Reese should have tattooed across her forehead. Because Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has just the remedy for the boring life of this woman who denounces his existence.
His recipe for disaster?
Take a 30 year-old woman and send her back in time as a pawn for revenge. Couple her with Eirik Sigurdsson, a Viking Warlord, too arrogant and baggage-laden to be of any use for anything, but battle and bed. Mix thoroughly, folding in a heavy dose of pride, a tyrannical king, and a sympathetic goddess. Bake at high until a white-hot love is unleashed and then forever frozen in time.
About the Author:
Koko Brown is a USA Today bestselling author and a quintessential romance junkie, who read over two hundred Zebra Club novels the summer before her senior year.
Bit by the writing bug at an early age, Koko self-published and distributed a newspaper to her fellow classmates in the fourth grade. Unfortunately, her principal put her out of business after one best-selling issue.
Undaunted, Koko continued to write and read everything she could get her hands on. She honed her writing skills as a staff writer for her college’s newspaper and even wrote obituaries for the local newspaper. One day, while daydreaming in bed, Koko came up with the idea for her first erotic manuscript. In two short weeks, she fleshed out the story, cleaned it up, then sent it to Ellora’s Cave. Three months later, she signed a contract for her vampire novel, Charmed.
Koko lives in the great Sunshine State. She loves to travel and shop in thrift stores.
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