I was researching viking related stuff because I'm design a viking character and I found out that vikings never had horned helmets? Then who came up with the idea of giving vikings horned helmets and why would they do that?
Now I don't know if I should go with a historically accurate design or follow the cliche so people will interpret the character as a viking. I wonder what other cliches are historically false, but dominate the portrayal in entertainment? Like did archers ever use flaming arrows or is that a lie too?
So what do you do? Seek the historical truths or conform to false modern interpretations?