The sight of a Viking longship struck fear in the hearts of coastal villagers for a good reason: the Vikings were bad news for everyone. When they weren’t raiding, pillaging, and demanding tribute not to plunder and pillage, Vikings even fought each other.
There are so many tough Vikings that it’s difficult to narrow it down, but these ten who made their peers soil their breeches.
10. Eric Bloodaxe
From age twelve through his teen years, Eric did what Vikings do and raided along the Baltic and European coasts. His father was the King of Norway and had many sons to inherit the throne, so Eric solved that problem by slaying his brothers, which got him his nickname “Bloodaxe.” One brother remained, though, and after a brief rule, Eric was driven out of Norway. The Norse sagas tell of Eric returning to raiding before settling in Northumbria and becoming its king. Northumbria was a hotly contested kingdom, though, and Eric was ultimately killed in battle.
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