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    Grin I Am Thinking About Writing a Fictional Story About Vikings

    I am not sure where to put this so I am putting it in the lounge

    If you have any sugguestions of what should be in a Viking story or Imformation please help

    I was thinking, Vikings going to Ireland

    A young Viking man falls in love with a young Irish woman, what do you think? is that bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticviking View Post
    I am not sure where to put this so I am putting it in the lounge

    If you have any sugguestions of what should be in a Viking story or Imformation please help

    I was thinking, Vikings going to Ireland

    A young Viking man falls in love with a young Irish woman, what do you think? is that bad?
    I don't think it is bad for a young viking man to be in love with an irish woman.

    The first Viking vaid took place in Ireland in 795 AD. The Vikings attacked Monasteries and settlements..all over Ireland ...

    Dublin was made by Vikings

    1014 AD The Battle of Clontarf was an engagement that took place in Clontarf, Ireland in 1014. High King Brian Boru led his warriors against the invading ...

    1066- Normans beat Vikings

    Here are some links

    http://www.vikinganswerlady.com

    http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/users/...y/vikings.html

    http://www.angelfire.com/realm/shades/vikings

    http://www.timelessmyths.com/norse/sagas.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Boru

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticviking View Post
    A young Viking man falls in love with a young Irish woman, what do you think? is that bad?
    Why would you want to promote multi-culturalism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blóğ ok Andi View Post
    Why would you want to promote multi-culturalism?
    They are both European and it is history

    The early Vikings in Ireland were Norwegian ("Fingall") and were followed later by competing Danish Vikings ("Dubhgall").

    I am Irish, Scottish, Norman-English and Norwegian,Swedish and Dannish

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticviking View Post
    They are both European [...]
    With different European culture and ethnicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticviking View Post
    They are both European and it is history
    It was no problem back then, but the interpretation in todays context may be one.
    Our wounded communities usually just can't absorb/integrate foreigners anymore, even if they are assimilable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thyriusz View Post
    It was no problem back then ...
    Although it did mean the end of viking culture and etnicity in Ireland. They were absorbed into the Irish nation. So for the survival of the North-Germanic population in that area it was a problem.
    But I agree that back than in general assimilable individuals from other European ethnicities weren't much of a problem as they are now. Different circumstances demand different rules.

    Many stories have been written in which two friends/loved ones suddenly become eachothers enemies due to the fact that they belong to competing groups (The Fox and the Hound, Romeo and Juliet). It might be interesting to write such a story with a different ending, an ending in which the main character(s) chooses to be loyal to his group in stead of betraying it for selfish reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blóğ ok Andi View Post
    With different European culture and ethnicity.
    Indeed, if one's going to make it a "falling in love with a native woman", the Viking should at least be sent on his trip to England rather than Ireland.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    What is your motivation for wanting to write this story, the central idea you gave is vague to say the least.
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    Interesting premise, CV. That was a pretty dramatic era in the history of Ireland--lots of warfare and shifting alliances. Not only were Celts fighting Vikings, but Vikings were fighting Vikings and Celts were fighting Celts. As the struggles unfolded, some Vikings and Celts even united to fight other Vikings and Celts, so there's a lot of different ways the plot could unfold.

    And you might also want to keep in mind the Iceland factor. The story could come to an end with the couple sailing off into the sunset towards Iceland. Or you could weave a tale around a voyage to Iceland in which true love blossoms between a Viking and a kidnapped Celtic woman. You could also go into their struggle to build a new life in the "land of fire and ice."

    My mom (who is the best mom in the whole world! ) is half Norwegian and half Irish, so I can understand why this story would have a personal component for you. Bernhard and Thyriusz do raise some valid concerns about the potential downsides of writing such a story given the current European sociopolitical climate in which individual European nations are sliding into the abyss. However, the Icelandic nation has traditionally been a stable mix of Scandinavians with a significant infusion of Celtic blood, so if you take your story in this direction, it shouldn't pose much of a problem. Hell, if done right, it could even become a boon to Icelandic nationalism.

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