Danny explains that “The Vikings left little to no written records documenting their history. Instead their culture was spread through oral traditions, like songs or poems. We just have bits and pieces to put together. All they had, for historic purposes, were runic inscriptions left on pieces of stone, bark or bone. These inscriptions contained messages in Old Norse and consisted of an alphabet script known as Futhark.
“Many of these scripts memorialized the dead, recorded local histories and even consisted of magical incarnations
“For example, one of the most famous runestones are the Jelling stones that praise Harold Bluetooth and his parents. He was a Danish Viking king that united the Danes and brought them christianity. Today the Nordic Rune initials H and B are combined to make the bluetooth symbol we know today.
“When people ask when did the Vikings originate, it is a hard question to answer because of the lack of written history. However, we know that the first major raid can be pinpointed to 793 AD when they attacked Lindisfarne in the North east coast of England. The English ‘Anglo-Saxon Chronicles’ described them as ‘heathen men’ that destroyed God’s church through ‘fierce robbery and slaughter.'”