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Many Norse were 'Vikingr' (roving and marauding adventures) others were
'Kaupamadr' (buyers and sellers of merchandise), they were the masters of
trading goods across their known world. More than a few of their 'Hafn'
(harbour/port trading towns) have grown to be among the largest North West
Europe Cities today, but the largest activity in Nordic society was domestic and
rural (fishing and farming).

Most free Norse were 'Bondi' (free born oath givers), and many of them
lived in a 'Hafn' along the coastline of North West Europe. A Bondi would
not have had a Longhouse or a trader's shop as home, his family would have
lived in a smaller dwelling. Though not as important and influential as a
'Karl' or as wealthy as a shrewd trading 'Kaupamadr', Bondi made up the
mass of Norse who went a 'Vikingr' and it was not unknown for a low born
Bondi to become a great warlord and have sagas told of his deeds long after his
end of days.

A brief look at the Icelandic Sagas shows why rural Norse built robust and
well defended homesteads - often the stockade around the village was more of
a defendable palisade - as 'Vikingr' had no qualms raiding other Norse.
Dans, Swedes, Icelanders, Hiberno-Norse and Manx were just as likely to become
'Anaud Thrall' (enthralled captives) and sold alongside Finns, Slavs,
Angles, Bretons and Welsh in a 'Hafn' slave auction. These rural families
lived with the fear of raiders from afar but also with the risk of local feuds
becoming deadly. Feuding and vendetta was a large influence on Norse culture at
this time, vengeance needed to be seen to be had, or your

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