…one must do to get an understanding of history, self evedent as it might seem, is to remember that the Norse, or whatever culture one studies where people like you and me, with smelly feet, freezing, sad, happy. getting diarrhea, having a beer, enjoying hobbies and falling in love.
There would be pious people and those with no interest of spiritual things, pragmatic, greedy, political and down to earth people.
Proffessionals, artisans, craftsmen and labourers.
Classes and qliques.
Popular people, bullies, withdrawn people, lazy people and industrious people.
Far too often i see descriptions of vikings (and sometimes other cultures) as if they where some glorious, past and noble “special” people.
A viking would have farted after dinner and cursed if he hit his toe against a stone like the rest of us….and he was probably afraid of the dark.