Today, the Vikings remain fascinating historical figures. Though fierce warriors, their ranks consisted of blacksmiths, tradesmen, shipbuilders, artists and craftsmen. Today, thanks to their mark on Irish culture, we have something of a rose-tinted view of the Vikings, not to mention the odd misconception. The iconic horned helmet, for example? Fiction!
“We celebrate the Vikings because of the romance we associate with them, even if it’s not true,” says Terry. “We men can wear outlandish costumes, carry axes, wear horned helmets and sport big beards. Of course, there’s no evidence for horned helmets for Vikings until the 19th century, when they were dreamed up to make the Vikings appear more menacing!”
For more Viking-related sights and sounds, check out our handy guide to the best themed pubs, festivals and activities the city has to offer.