Vikings striking the "look at me, I'm awesome" pose

Friday, February 27, 2009

A post here today had me thinking: just how many of those "look at me, I'm awesome" Viking statues are there in the world? Has anybody documented their total number? Here are a few:

Leif Ericson being awesome in front of Hallgrímskirkja

Probably Leif Ericson near the Minnesota State Capitol

Leif Ericson being awesome on a stamp in 1968
Rollo the Viking, founder of the fiefdom of Normandy

Adding to that this guy here and here (Eric the Red I think) in Canada and a ton of other images seen here when you search for viking statue, and it seems that there are quite a few of these out there. Perhaps thousands. I'd like to see an entire museum devoted to these statues and images around the world. Perhaps one day in the future I'll think about setting one up in the Icelandic village of Markerville in Alberta, close to Red Deer. Certainly would bring in a lot more tourists than the creamery. Or perhaps just going with Gimli as a location would be a better idea.


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