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- Pack information: 78 cards with booklet
Card dimensions: 70 x 120 mm
- Manfredi Toraldo
Artwork: Sergio Tisselli
They say: Scandinavian warriors, sailors, and
- merchants, the Vikings (known also as the Varangians, Normans, and Rus) gave life to numerous naval expeditions
- between the 8th and 11th centuries, motivated by actions of war and plunder but often also by the search for new lands
- in which to settle. From Sweden, from Norway, and from Denmark they moved southeast, colonizing future Russia:
- Towards the west their ships reached Greenland and perhaps America with legendary Erik the Red. In the south they
- conquered Ireland and Scotland, a part of Spain and a vast area of France (Normandy). They had contact with the
- Byzantines, the Greeks, and with the Arabs, leaving indelible traces of their passing in legends, traditions, and
- languages all over the Mediterranean basin.
History recalls the Vikings as barbarians, pirates, and warriors with
- incredible courage who nevertheless unite their 'bloodthirsty vision' of the world with forms of poetry and a love of life.
- These people lived under the constant surety that, as much as men or gods could fight, one day Ragnarok, the battle
- which would have destroyed the world, would have arrived. It was inevitable destiny. The Vikings made many of the
- gods they discovered during their expeditions their own, enlarging their pantheon which, along with other faiths and
- religions, demonstrated that they were people who accepted what was different as a logical consequence of the
- greatness of the world. A striking example of this is the fight between the two races of gods Aesir and Vanir, similar to a
- comparison between the gods of Olympus and the Titans but with a different result. The Aesir and the Vanir had
- understood, in fact, that war is pointless and, after years of battles, they lived in peace. These sons of a ruthless land
- were simple and direct men who understood their mortality and had a great respect for the world in which they lived.
- They fought and carried out raids, distinguishing nearly three centuries of European history and strongly marking our
- own. In this deck, the complex Viking world is re-examined using the traditional symbolism of the tarot which, however,
- penetrates into the mythology, religion, and social organization of the warrior tribes of the north.
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