So it turns out that Viking leaders need to be in a league of their own to keep the other in line for as long as they can which might have intimidated the lesser soldier if not for the fact that Vikings also had a kindness about them to show their troops there are good sides to having one as leader. The VIKING POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS article states that, "A chieftain needed to be generous to his men, he needed to be victorious in battles – to “feed carrion to the ravens,” in the poetic vocabulary of the time – and he needed fame and a good reputation. If he was not able to achieve all of this, he could not achieve any of it. It was through winning battles that he gained the riches that allowed him to be generous, and his generosity stimulated poets… to contribute to his fame by composing and reciting poetry. This, in turn, inspired warriors to seek out the famous [chieftain], so that he got more warriors and won battles even more easily, which gave him a good reputation and more booty to hand out to warriors."
So in the end, the chieftains were more than just gold hungry slave drivers looking for their next weight in gold haul, they took it upon their selves to create a systematic way for their own kind to live and make sense of living outside the establish norms of society while keeping common themes. They kept education, leadership and learning to fight all steadily paced while giving women their due course as well as their right to make decisions even if it superseded a mans. They made this system through hardship benefiting from the hard work they passed down from one leader to the next.
1. Society. Where is Vinland? (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2022, from https://www.canadianmysteries.ca/sites/vinland/vikinglife/society/indexen.html