The History of the Vikings in the Netherlands

Did Dutch Vikings exist? In this video I’m going to focus on the history of the Vikings in the Netherlands. The Netherlands were back then referred to as the Low Countries. The Low Countries were closely located to Scandinavia. The Vikings came from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. How were the Netherlands influenced by the Vikings? There was Rorik of Dorestad who took control over large parts of Frisia (or: Friesland). He was named after the place he conquered: Dorestad. So how did the Vikings influenced these areas? The history of Frisia (Friesland) was heavy influenced by the Vikings. Norsemen culture was definitely present in Friesland. In Friesland Vikings raided and settled. History Hustle presents: The History of the Vikings in the Netherlands.

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The Dutch province of Friesland has a rich history. The history of Friesland goes back to the Frisii who lived during the time of the Romans. The Frisii culture declined to make way for the Frisians. They eventually founded the Kingdom of Frisia (Magna Frisia). From that moment the history of Frisia began. The Frisian Kingdom contained large parts that are today part of the Netherlands. Therefore the history of Friesland is part of the history of the Netherlands. Dutch history has been influenced by the Frisians. Also by the Vikings. The Vikings arrived in the Netherlands when a power vacuum was created because of the crumbling of the Frankish Empire (Francia or the Carolingian Empire). In Frisia Vikings raided and traded. The Viking Rorik of Dorestad settled as well. This made the Vikings in the Netherlands also colonizers. Later Friesland would be taken over by the County of Holland. In 1588 Friesland was one of the founding members of the Dutch Republic. After the Batavian Revolution Friesland would be incorporated into the Batavian Republic; the Kingdom of Holland; the First French Empire and then the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Friesland is a unique province of the Netherlands with its own flag, culture and Frisian language. History Hustle presents: The History of Frisia / Fryslân / Friesland.

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  1. ᛋᛠᛉ · August 14, 2020

    Very cool.

    I’m thinking about buying a copy of the Oera Linda book. There is also a relationship between the Anglo-Saxon and Friesian Runes. Not surprising. Even today, I understand, Dutch is the closest to English of the Low Germanic languages. Which is fun to think about, given Old English is more akin to German or Danish, inasmuch as I know what little I do of them.

    I gave a meditation on the A-S Futhorc for Pagang Bund that lasted about a month, and the Rune Ēar is related to Irminsul, the Ēar is like Tīr (Tyr). In the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poems the Rune is related to Ares)Mars, which makes sense in context of the Irminsul’s destruction. Also, speaking of Boniface, are you aware of the Thunder Oak of Geismar?

    Also. There is a metal band, Heidevolk, which sings of many of the events mentioned. If I ever go on another podcast I’ll politely ask to be introduced via their song Saksenland.

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    • Viking Life Blog · August 14, 2020

      Dutch is recognizable in writing, as I remember. But they talk funny, with a lot af arghhh sounds.

      I new that the Christmas tree was from Germany, but Thunder Oak of Geismar is news to me.

      Heidevolk – Saksenland sounds good.

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