Who were the Vikings?
Yes, you… would you like to learn about the Vikings?
Great! Well let’s start at the beginning…
The Vikings lived over 1000 years ago, he doesn’t look that old to me, what’s your secret?
The Vikings were Norse people who came from an area called Scandinavia. You might know it better as Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
The word Viking means ‘a pirate raid’, which is a fitting name as they were fearsome warriors and often raided monasteries for treasure.
But they weren’t all bad, bloodthirsty and violent – they also settled with their families and farmed the land peacefully for many years.
I’m sorry about this… they never wore horned helmets.
Did you know they were great explorers too and travelled all over the world? Vikings explored as far away as North America. Can you believe they even travelled through Russia to trade in the Middle East. Amazing!
They also had an early version of today’s parliament. The Norse people met to discuss new laws and solve arguments.
We still use some of their Old Norse language today! Words like ‘egg’, ‘muck’ and ‘dirt’.
Even some modern town names are based on Viking words! York and places that end in ‘thorpe’, ‘by’ or ‘kirk’. So for example, the Viking word for deer is “djúr” and village is ‘bȳ’ – together making “Derby”.
Challenge – can you think of any other places in Britain, whose name has a link with Viking words? Post them below!
There we go – the history of the Norse people in a matter of minutes. How interesting was that? Fantastic! Isn’t history great?
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