When you think of Vikings, you probably picture horned helmets, massive battleaxes, and smelly men who have never heard of a bathtub. If that's what you are picturing . . . you're wrong.
Actually, horned helmets would be much to big to sail with, and would get in the way in battle. Although they did use axes, their most commonly used weapon was a spear.
The Vikings werefamous for their raids. Their common culprits were unarmed monasteries and rich, religious places.
Eventually, the Vikings charged something called a Danegeld tax. When the Vikings would get paid to have the religious areas protected and out of the raids.
These master sailors pillaged and plundered for many years with no one to stop them. But around 1006 their Scandinavian countries turned Christian, and the Vikings had come to an end.
So should Vikings be celebrated or shunned? In my opinion, the Vikings strategies, weaponry, and brilliant ships and sailing should be celebrated; Their selfishness, and harmful raids, should have them shunned.