In the heartlands of Central Norway, reindeer were perhaps the single most significant wild animal for the early Vikings. See how a large herd moves together like a swirling cyclone as a way to confuse any predator, including a Viking.
They're perhaps the single most significant wild-animal for the early Vikings.
Every part of the animal is used: their hides, their antlers, their meat, their sinews.
And hunting them is a regular activity.
It's a chance encounter with the herd but one no Viking can resist.
Just a single opportunistic shot but the alarm wave surges through the herd like an electric current.
It's a defense strategy designed to confuse any predator, whether wolf, bear or Viking.
But achieving a clean kill in a swirling melee like this is difficult.