A brief overview of the history of Orkney, from early Pictish origins to Viking settlement, and a tour of Orkney's neolithic sites and standing stones such as Stenness, a site similar to Stonehenge
Ship sizes in the Viking Age varied according to use. King Aelfred had some of the biggest ships of the age. Trading vessels were broader and higher for cargo, warships longer and lower for speed.
Sea battles nowadays are 'long-distance' affairs - you never see your enemy until you capture him or he has you. In Viking times a sea battle meant hand-to-hand fighting, close-up and personal!
The Vikings influence every settlement they visited. Those Vikings who permanently settled left a lasting impact on the local area.
Viking presence around Scotland dates back to the 8th Century. Jarls of Orkney ruled the northern mainland and isles. The last great Viking, Magnus 'Barelegs' was killed foraging in northern ireland.
Ethelred the Unready and the ruin of a nation.
Wondered how Irish blood came to Iceland or Norway; blonde, blue-eyed people came to the East? Long before Africans were sold in the Americas Vikings had a roaring trade in thralls across the seas.
The origins and given duties of the 'huscarls' after introduction to England by Knut Sveinsson. After the Conquest the survivors are understood to have left England for the eastern Mediterranean.
A Viking hoard, covered by a lead sheet, found near the Lancashire coast tells of 9th C conflict between King Aelfred and his nephew Aethelwold. Rare coins and arm-rings from the Danelaw and Jorvik.
The dawn of time, dark, cold on one hand, molten rock on the other, a void between filled by Odin and his brothers with a new world. Giants, dark elves and dwarves dwell beneath hills in caverns...