I share this “bit of history”, at this time, because as I understand, tomorrow you will be going to a Museum which displays, and explains, many Viking artifacts. I would encourage everyone with an interest in such things, to add L”Anse Aux Meadows to your BUCKET LIST!! (see below)
And while on the topic of evolution, I can not imagine a more modern, a more pleasant, a more attractive couple than the Shuffleboard Couple on your left!! I give to you, the Flatlands.
Many of our readers will NOT know that the Vikings (The Norwegians) landed in L’Anse Aux Meadows which is on the northern tip of Newfoundland >> and some may NOT know that Newfoundland is a province of Canada just east of New Brunswick! Remember the wonderful TV ads regarding Newfoundland; some were shot at L’Anse Aux Meadows.
In 793 AD long ships with dragon-headed bows and square sails crossed the North Sea and landed on England’s shore. In 1000 AD those same Vikings landed in L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland.
Excavations made in 1960 by an expedition from Norway to L’Anse aux Meadows revealed what is probably the “Vinland settlement” of Leif Eriksson from around AD 1000, or 500 years earlier than Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of North America.
In those earlier days of exploration, sometimes associated with terror and violence, the word Viking was synonymous with pirates, violence and terror, and Yes, Shufflers with Horns!!.
But today modern Norwegians are active in peace and conflict resolution on a global scale. Norwegian women have one of the highest political participation rates and are active in gender equality issues worldwide. Norway is proud of its successful ecology efforts at home and actively supports ecology solutions in developing countries.
So why is there such a discrepancy between the ancient stereotype of marauding pirates and modern, civilized Norway? The Viking age ended over a thousand years ago. So why does it still resonate today? Could it be a romantic revision of a grisly past or cynical pandering to a growing tourist trade?
And just in case anyone wondered, we are proud to have this connection with the Vikings!!
Stan of The Shuffler 2013 06 28. Click on pic once to expand.