What Did Viking Slaves Do?

Did Vikings kill children?

A mass grave of Viking warriors found in Derbyshire was accompanied by slaughtered children in a burial ritual enacted to help the dead reach the afterlife, archaeologists believe..

Did Vikings sacrifice humans?

It is likely that human sacrifice occurred during the Viking Age but nothing suggests that it was part of common public religious practise. Instead it was only practised in connection with war and in times of crisis.

What were Viking slaves called?

thrallsHistorical accounts make it clear that when they raided coastal towns from the British Isles to the Iberian Peninsula, the Vikings took thousands of men, women and children captive, and held or sold them as slaves—or thralls, as they were called in Old Norse.

What did Viking slaves wear?

The poor people or the slaves just used a string fastened around their waist, to hold up their trousers. There was of course variations on how the trousers looked, some were tight others were baggy, and some of the trousers had many details and others did not.

How many slaves did the Vikings have?

The thrall trade as the prize of plunder was a key part of the Viking economy. While there are some estimates of as many as thirty slaves per household, most families owned only one or two slaves.

Why was slavery important in Viking society?

Slaves or thralls were amongst the most important commodities traded by the Vikings. They acquired slaves primarily on their expeditions to Eastern Europe and the British Isles. They could also obtain Viking slaves at home, as crimes like murder and thievery were punished with slavery.