Viking Beliefs

The Norse fearless nature may have arisen from their belief that a glorious death which involved battle with sword in hand would ensure their place in paradise.  But this was not all the Norse went Viking for.  They settled in the new lands they explored.  More accurate they employed a raid & trade philosophy, for they settled many areas with little fighting and created great business relationships.  In fact Dublin, Ireland was first established as a Norse settlement and the famed Normans of France sprang from Nordic heritage.  Although bloodshed was what made their name, it was their ability to blend in to new cultures that ensured the Vikings would prosper.