Vikings were historically recorded trading in the far east, middle east, and into large parts of northern Africa. They set up colonies and outposts, married local women, and absorbed local customs and traditions.
↳ “ Who knows, Ragnar, what the gods have in store for us. But this, I can never imagine. If you have gone to Heaven, then we will never meet again. And yet, I think Odin will ride like the wind, and rescue you, and take you to Valhalla, where you belong, my own sweet Ragnar. And there, there we shall meet again, and fight and drink and love one another. For I have never stopped loving you. Not for one moment. You and I were born to be together.”
So I had a lovely afternoon with my parents at the Denver Museum Of Nature And Science, and we saw the visiting exhibit on vikings, including the little exhibit on how viking helmets didn’t have horns on them because that’s a great way to get your helmet knocked off, and some speculation on how the myth got started (the first recorded instance is in a production of Wagner’s ring cycle, so it may be a costumer’s fault), But mom had her own theory:
“Well, they used horns to drink from, right? They’re smart people, they knew how to seal things up and could probably make straws. You put a horn up on each side, and you got yourself an Ancient Beer Hat- or Mead Helmet, I suppose.”
She’s going to tell our Finnish professor tomorrow. A production might be Imminent.