Were the Vikings Really Tall?

Everyone is born with innate curiosity and sometimes it’s the minor details that we tend to be more curious about. Our deeply curious nature about things that we find interesting is actually a positive thing because we’re learning new things day by day and as Albert Einstein said "The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”                 

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of this. You came here because you want to know if the Vikings were really tall and you’re about to find out based on different findings.    

Viking Age Scandinavians Height

Mass media is powerful and has a massive reach in society so it’s safe to say that how mainstream  media choose to portray Vikings can affect and have a huge impact on people’s perception. 

The media has portrayed that Vikings stood taller than the average Europeans but this perception is actually not true.   

A variety of Viking skeletons and remains that were examined from numerous locations throughout Scandinavia have shown that the average height of a male and female Viking was about 5’7’’ and 5’2’’ respectively. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite stack up to other people living at that time so contrary to popular belief, the Vikings weren’t considered particularly tall, but hey, they may have been not as tall as initially perceived, but they could definitely make up for it with their strength, fighting spirit and fearless attitude. 

Although Vikings weren’t towering giants, they were actually taller than Anglo-Saxons based on archaeological findings. However, height doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. It was not in any way a disadvantage to them because they were still able to successfully do their raids and live their lives despite not being gifted in the height department. There were several factors that may have contributed to their height possibly not being on par like climate change and food shortages back in the day.                    




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