How to thrive or survive like a Viking in the wild.
Many today assume that being a Viking is all about Dressing In a tunic and waving a sharp shining sword while walking around places of festivals. Unfortunately for these ones, this assumption is untrue. There is more to thriving as a Viking than just mere parade as you will find out. But First, is important to know who a Viking is, and what the term Vikings entails.
Who is a Viking?
The term Viking is sometimes used to refer to people from the Viking homelands. It is used to describe persons who lived or came from Scandinavia during the Viking age. However, the fact remains that not everyone who lived in the Viking homeland or came from Viking Scandinavia during the Viking age are not Vikings. It takes more than living in the Viking homeland or coming from Scandinavia to be a Viking. Vikings are Norsemen or women. They are experts of the northern forest or coastal environment. These ones have learned several survival skills to get them through their long stay in the wild. In other to thrive or survive like a Viking in the wild, some qualities are essential. A few of which are
Qualities of a Viking or Norseman
There are some basic or important qualities a Viking or Norseman or woman must possess in other to thrive or succeed in the wild. Some of these are
1.you must be able to tend for a family farm
- You must have a skill
- You must be a crafty woodsman
- You must possess the ability to survive outside the comfort of your home
- You must learn the art of bow making
- You must learn how to cook.
- To qualify as a Norseman or Viking, one must be able to tend for a family farm
You must be able to tend for a family farm because the need to plant and harvest your own food crops in the wild would arise once in a while and if you are not knowledgeable and well experienced in farming (which involves before planting, planting and after planting procedures) you would go hungry and in the end, probably die of starvation because in the wild or forest, there are no shopping malls and supermarkets where you can easily purchase food items.
- You must have a skill
Skills are of utmost importance to a Viking, Norseman or woman. Wildlife Survival skills like fishing skill, hunting skill, wood carving, and many others would make Viking easier and even possible. This is because Norsemen are always outside their home exploring great outdoors and sometimes they could have to go into the wild and as a result, these skills would be needed for survival. A Norseman needs these skills because each of these skills, either as a fisherman, a trapper, or an archer would help you hunt for your meal yourself while in the wild as there would be no available supermarkets, shops or malls where you could stroll into in other to purchase food items.
- You must be a crafty woodsman
Craftiness when it comes to woodwork is very important in other to survive as a Norseman in the wild. This is because the Norseman in the wild would need basic utensils in other to survive and these utensils can only be made out of wood while in the wild. So, woodwork plays a major role and cannot be done without in the day to day life of a Norseman or Viking in the wild. So if you want to be a Norseman or woman, You would need to learn how to use a knife and an axe to cut woods into different items and utensils. For example, spoons, bowls, cups, plates, arrows, and so on.
- You must cultivate an ability to survive outside the comfort of your home
To thrive or survive like a Viking or Norseman in the wild, you must learn or cultivate The ability to survive outdoor without the comfort of an electricity heated room and lights to switch on during the cold winter nights as cold nights are sure to come and cannot be avoided as long as the wild is concerned. So, if you have health problems which are cold related, it would be advisable not to go into the wild as this would cause more harm than good.
- You must learn the art of Bowmaking
The ability to make your Bow yourself is an important quality of a Norseman or woman. This is because as a Norseman, your Bow plays a major role during your stay in the wild as you do not know the danger that awaits or are likely to occur during your stay on the wild. So having and most importantly been able to make your now yourself would to a large extent mean your safety. Unlike the seemingly popular opinion that making Bows involves a rigorous and overly strenuous process, with constant practice, you would come to learn that bow making is less dogmatic than you think.
- You must learn to cook.
Vikings or Norsemen are humans just like every other person. To survive like a Viking in the wild, you need to food. So it is important that you learn to prepare the meals you will consume irrespective of what it might be. It would be virtually impossible for a Viking who does not know how to cook or prepare the meals he needs for his day to day survival to survive in the wild. This is because, there are no restaurants, fast-foods, entries or any other place where meals can be purchased in the wild. So if you desire or intend to go to the wild or forest, if you don't already know how to cook or even prepare a simple meal, now is a good time to start learning As this skill will come in handy during your stay in the wild.So, while you are eager to become a Norseman or a Viking, be sure you have considered the qualities that you possess them as they will all be to your advantage