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“Hwæt, ic swefna cyst secgan wylle,
hwæt mē gemætte to midre nihte,
syðþan reordberend reste wunedon.
Lo! I will tell of the best of dreams,
what I dreamed in the middle of the night, after the speech-bearers were in bed.”
There were, of course. Christianisation was a gradual process. Even early Christians had various patron saints for different aspects of life (they still do). The thing is that first northern kingdoms were also polytheistic. Main “exporters” of Christianity were Italy and Spain.
When stronger kingdoms started to form, one of the main means of “getting people together” was religion.
But before that, things were pretty chaotic. Swords and force were the only rulers. People wanted to get as much land and power as they could. It’s the same story after every major political shift.