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I have decided to replicate the Oseberg ship at the Viking Ship Museum, in Bygdoy, Norway. The Oseberg Ship is a Viking long ship that dates back to the year 834 A.D. It was used as part of a traditional Viking burial ceremony in Norway. The rich history behind this find is one of the reasons why I chose it. The artifacts and the burial itself give us a glimpse into a very enigmatic culture that is shrouded in tales and mystery.
The second reason I chose to build the Viking ship was to build it's hull using regular Lego pieces, rather than making it out of 6 or 8 specialized parts. The amazing design of the ship's hull can really be appreciated when built with many small pieces. It was because of that hull design, that the Vikings were able to leave their mark on almost every aspect of Western Civilization, in a span of about 150 years! I believe this would be an excellent collector set for ship enthusiasts, Viking and history buffs or most Lego devotees. The entire ship is made of about 700 pieces.
i wanted to add a little background information about the Oseberg ship discovery. The burial is thought to have been for a Queen and her most trusted servant, or at least two women of very high social status. This shows the power women held and could achieve in Viking society. The artifacts found include coins from Europe, N. Africa and the Middle East: as well as a small gold Buddha from Asia. These items show the influence and vast expanse of Viking trade routes throughout the world by the early 9th century.
The ship itself is intriguing because it is not only seaworthy, but was used for decades, prior to being used in the funeral. The Oseberg Ship could hold up to 40-50 Viking warriors and was more than likely used to launch raids in either England or Continental Europe for a few decades before it was utilized for the funeral. The ship's design allowed it to be flexible in the open seas and nimble enough to traverse shallow rivers. This allowed the Vikings to reach all of Europe, Russia and the Middle East via river systems: as well as reach Iceland, Greenland and even N. America through the perilous N. Atlantic Ocean.
I hope you enjoyed the information above and I hope you will show your support for this project. Thank you very much for your consideration!