In this week’s infosheet we told you all about the festivals that are held in Germany during summer. One of our particular favourites from this is the Medieval Festivals.
Aside from Kings and Queens, knights, damsels in distress and dragons (ok, maybe not that last one), there was another very important group of people around in the middle ages. This group was made up of Danish, Swedish and Norwegian people and are often portrayed as savage and bloodthirsty in movies. Whilst a group of them certainly devoted their lives to raiding and warfare, most of them were actually farmers, fishers and the like. We’ll give you one more hint… movies often show this group of people wearing hats with horns on them.
We’re of course talking about the Vikings and there is one particularly loveable viking – Wickie!
Wickie und die starken Männer (also known in English as Vicky the Viking) is a German-Austrian-Japanese cartoon series which first aired in Germany on the 21st of January, 1974. Wickie is the son of Halvar who is the chief of the village of Flake. Most of the men in the village (and even boys of Wickie’s age) are concerned with strength and courage and believe that all situations can be solved through violence – but not Wickie. Unlike the others, Wickie has a sharp mind and he proves again and again that intellect is often more important than strength – work smart, not hard!
There are always new adventures to be had, new obstacles to overcome and Wickie usually plays an integral role in helping out his dad, the men or the whole village. In fact, the cartoon is still so popular today that there have been two movies released within the last few years.
Here is just one of the many episodes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwoiGqj1JgU
We hope you love it as much as we do! 🙂