Vikings facts that have nothing to do with the TV showVikings are all the rage these days. Believe it or not, though, there’s a lot more to them than just hot, Nordic types and the raw, primal fury the History Channel delivers via our TV screens. Because, popular haircuts and fancy beard culture aside, Vikings were a complicated society of people. They had a rich lore and a system of laws that would put many modern civilizations to shame. And since we’re suckers for anything and everything having to do with Asgard (Thor! Odin! And not the Marvel characters!), we’ve dug deep to uncover 20 real Vikings facts that you probably don’t know about.
Vikings were born into one of three classes.
Vikings didn’t have kings. Instead, they were separated into broad categories: Jarls (the nobles), Karls (your average, everyday Viking), and Thralls (the slaves). The good news was that being born into a class didn’t necessarily mean you’d be stuck there forever; Thralls sometimes worked their way up into higher classes. The bad news? It didn’t happen very often.