I stumbled over a book about polygamy while looking for something about family structures at the library, and of course I had to give it a look. It told about various forms of polygamy through times, and stories from these places.
One that was interesting to me personally was a Danish saga from the Viking period. In it a Danish Viking warrior gathered a group of men and went on a raid to France. They came across a wealthy household and his men grabbed the married couple owning the place and dragged them out into the farmyard to kill them. But when the warrior saw them he found both to be quite beautiful and decided to spare their lives so he could take them home with him and have them “live with him”, if you know what I mean *wink wink*.
However, on their way home the ship ran into a storm and sank. Only the warrior and the French couple survived because he was a strong swimmer and grabbed them both. They ended up on the shores of England. Here they ran into monsters of various kinds which they killed. This impressed the English king so much that he decided to reward them with land.
Apparently somewhere along the way the French couple had developed the Stockholm syndrome, because they happily settle down with the Viking, and “all three lived together”.
Because the book was about polygamy it skipped over the fighting-monsters part, which got me really curious so I tried to find the actual saga but have had no luck so far. So I’ll just have to imagine what happened, which is why the French man got a sword. After all, the resume said they fought the monsters, so I’ll assume that at least the French man helped.
Oh, and for those thinking, “Why would the Vikings have a story about a warrior bringing home a guy? Weren’t they supposed to be big manly men?” It’s because the Vikings were a lot like the Greeks in that aspect that they only viewed the guy who bottomed as gay. The top was straight no matter how many men he banged, so it was not that unusual for them to bring home men as well as women.