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50 Most Legendary Hats Throughout History Viking Helmet

Viking Helmet

Though Vikings did in fact use helmets in battle, the cliché version with horns was likely not used for this purpose, but rather by priests for religious ceremonies. During the Romantic period (late 1700s to mid-1800s), artists began depicting Germanic and Celtic history and mythology in their work with little factual basis. Later, in the twentieth century, the stereotype would once again be misinterpreted by football teams and frat boys across America.

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