Very cool and very detailed look at the mixing of cultures between iceland and Ireland. They arent as purely scandinavian and we arent as purely celtic as pop culture thinks we are.
Genetic figures have nothing to do with culture but following mitochondrial dna Irish women loved a bit of viking. In Iceland 63% of females and in the faroese Islands 86% of females have DNA from Irish women.
It reminds me of that bit in Erik the VIking. Are you going to ravish me or what? Its your first time isnt it… DONT RUSH ME WOMAN!
“Nearly all the Gauls (Celts) are of a lofty stature, fair and ruddy complexion: terrible from the sternness of their eyes, very quarrelsome, and of great pride and insolence. A whole troup of foreigners would not be able to withstand a single Gaul if he called his wife to his assistance who is usually very strong, and has blue eyes; in rage her neck veins swell, she gnashes her teeth, and brandishes her snow-white robust arms. She begins to strike blows mingled with kicks, as if they were so many missiles sent from the string of a catapult. The voices of these women are formidable, even when they are not angry but being friendly.”—
Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman historian, fourth century
The year 795 AD saw a new force arrive on the Irish political scene, the Vikings. These seaborne warriors were to have a significant impact on Irish life. Their attacks on religious centres and propensity for warfare are well documented, as is their contribution to the development of urban centres and new trade routes. However, something which is sometimes over-looked is their input, albeit small, to the Irish language.