There are certain things you can go through your whole life without questioning. Then one day your whole world comes crashing down when you find out those things never actually existed.
Unfortunately, today is about to be one of those days.
After reading this you may very well think your entire childhood was a lie, you can no longer trust anybody, and you just don’t know what to believe anymore.
The following is a list of things that never actually existed — at least not in the ways most commonly believed.
Horned Viking Helmets
If you ask anybody to name a few notable characteristics of the Vikings, chances are the horned helmet would be at the top of the list.
Despite the widely used imagery of Viking warriors bearing helmets affixed with horns, there is actually no evidence they ever existed. In fact, there is only one complete Viking helmet ever excavated, and it looks like this:
This full helmet was found on a farm in Haugsbygda, Norway and is believed to be from the 10th century. Though this is the only known complete Viking helmet, many fragments have been discovered but never with any indication of horns.
While it is possible the Vikings used more ornate helmets for ritual purposes, there is no evidence to substantiate the claim. The idea most likely originated from art and literature during the Romanticism period of the 1800s.