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The Real Reasons for the Viking Raids Whenever we hear the Vikings, what comes into our mind is a group of men who wielded their axe killing people, looting, and raiding the villages. They unexpectedly showed up on their ship and did a hit-and-run raid to make fortune. This is a stereotype by the media that needed to be stopped. Because the Vikings were not the careless and provocative barbarians. They were actually defending their culture against the conversion of the new religion.