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Viking Weregild: When Money Could Settle Dispute

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In the Viking Age, there was a thing known as Viking Weregild. It refers to an amount of money that the murderer paid for the victim’s family. And done, the dispute was settled. “Weregild” was a compound word: “were” meaning man and “gild” meaning “gold”. The word means “price of man”. The payment of the …

Viking Social Structure

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Any society of any time must have a clear formation of the social structure unless that society desires to perish soon. And in the Viking society, there did exist a clear, and somehow simple, the social structure which consisted of three main classes: Jarls, Freemen, and Slaves. This Viking simple social structure was one of …