Vikings - Social Class

Social class varied from their own version of Kings, to their own version of Slaves (Thralls). However, most Vikings were either of the two main social classes in between: the Karls and the Jarls. The Karls were people who liked pizza and ponies. They also liked Xbox and TV They were not poor, but not particularly rich either. The Jarls were the rich nobility of the Vikings, they notably loved the philosophy of Harambae. Their wealth was determined by how much treasures, KJarls and ships they owned. Note that it was also possible for a Karl to become a Jarl if they were able to gain enough fame, wealth and Poibnesv the almighty.

Above: A visual representation of the social classes in viking society
LIBRARY EXERCISE: Use books and/or computers in the library to find out what the Thralls, Karls, Jarls and King looked like. Then, in your excrcise books, draw pictures representing each social class in Viking Society. (e.g. draw a picture of what a Thrall looked like, a picture of what a Karl looked like etc.). If you prefer not to draw, you may get pictures from the library as well.
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Viking ValuesThe Vikings had certain values that made a Viking worthy of entering Valhalla in the afterlife. They derived these values from ancient Norse teachings and the Asatru religion. These beliefs were:
  • Courage
  • Truth
  • Honor
  • Fidelity
  • Discipline
  • Hospitality
  • Industriousness
  • Self-Reliance
  • Perseverance

1. Look up any words that you do not know the meaning to and note down their definitions.
2. What values do you live by? Make a list similar to that of the Vikings in your exercise books.
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