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Over-population, especially near the Scandes, was perhaps highly influential (although this theory regarding overpopulation is disputed).
They also settled in the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Iceland, peripheral Scotland (Caithness, the Hebrides and the Northern Isles), Greenland, and Canada.
Their North Germanic language, Old Norse, became the mother-tongue of present-day Scandinavian languages.
Not until the 1890s, did scholars outside Scandinavia begin to extensively reassess the achievements of the Vikings, recognising their artistry, technological skills, and seamanship.
Until recently, the history of the Viking Age had largely been based on Icelandic Sagas, the history of the Danes written by Saxo Grammaticus, the Kievan Rus''s Primary Chronicle and The War of the Irish with the Foreigners.
As a result, many Scandinavians found themselves with no property and no status.