Drakkar Model Viking Ship
The Drakkar, the best known of the spectacular longships, were symbolic of
the legendary Vikings. A rather late invention (11th century), these ships were
used primarily as vicious and brutal warships. Developed by majestic Kings such
as Olaf Tryggvasson, they were a symbol of the incredible Scandinavian power
and were to these proud owners, a highly valued material possession.
Ancient ship-burials are the best and most common source for information about
the dramatic longships. Honored Viking Kings were often buried after their death
under a long burial mound in one of their Drakkar ships containing many of their
most valued and luxuriant possessions.
The longships were always built of one-level construction with rows of oars
on both sides covering almost the entire length of the ship. In later years
according to the burial sites, their ships were built with a large rectangular
sail on a single mast.
The Vikings used the Drakkar to battle Europe, North Africa and a small area
of western Asia until the end of the turbulent Viking Age. The stunning longships
with their vibrant blood red sail and hundreds of vicious and fierce warriors
will always be symbolic of the horror and terror the Vikings brought to these
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