THERE IS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION CIRCULATING ABOUT THE VIKINGS
1. THE VIKINGS WORE HELMETS WITH HORNS
This is one of the most widespread myths about the Vikings. Invariably, when we think about a Viking, in our mental representation, more likely than not, he is wearing a helmet with horns. Well, contrary to popular beliefs, the Vikings did not really wear this type of helmets.
From an archaeological point of view, there is only one such helmet has survived and has been discovered, but it is seen as a piece of armor with an embellishment, rather than a statement horns helmet. A more realistic version of what the Vikings wore on their heads is represented by leather or iron head coverings. The source of myth goes back to 1840s when Carl Doepler created the outfits for the “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (Wagner, 1848) and he used for the first time, in this representation, helmets with horns, and a new stereotype had been created.