quote:most vikings did not convert until around 1000 AD
And even then, they hedged their bets.
If you look at the old stave churches in Scandinavia, you find that the steeples have dragon heads flanking them. They weren't too sure about this new-fangled religion coming along so they built the churches with the old pagan symbols plastered all over them so that just in case it didn't work out, they could still use the building.
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