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The Vikings conjure up strong, muscly, bearded men, equally feisty, strong, and competent women, violent battles, magnificent shipbuilding, and often much violence and brutality. The word Viking actually means pirate in Old Norse language but what were the Vikings really like? The TV series of the same name, shown in the last few years, has made many of the myths about the Vikings come to life. As with many TV series and films, some of the myths may be a little embellished, but at the same time raise viewer interest in this period of history.
Melbourne Museum is adding to this recent interest and enthusiasm about all things Viking through the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibition beginning on March 23, 2018. Bringing together the largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia, this exhibition will feature more than 500 treasures from the Swedish History Museum. This will include the astounding and beautiful skeletal remains of parts of a Viking ship – where only the original hand-forged Viking nails are left to create this astonishing ghost ship.
Among the rare treasures on show are one of the oldest Thor's hammer pendants ever found and Viking swords dating from 700-1100 AD as well as jewellery and everyday utensils. Recent archaeological discoveries have challenged our image of Vikings as pillaging and plundering pagans in horned helmets. Vikings: Beyond the Legend brings this rich, often-misunderstood culture to life, debunking stereotypes and providing a fascinating insight into their domestic life, rituals and beliefs.
This exhibition shows us why even 1000 years later, Viking culture still captivates imaginations of people everywhere.
For a chance to win a trip to Denmark, land of the Vikings, just purchase your ticket before March 22, 2018, So hurry and get your tickets here