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.
The gods of the northern world explained, their functions, where they lived and - in brief - what adventures they got up to.
The Vikings influence every settlement they visited. Those Vikings who permanently settled left a lasting impact on the local area.
Are some people innately superior to others? Many certainly thought so in times past. Bigoted assumptions and ethnic stereotypes - examples of attribution error - tend to fade with knowledge. See how.
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 Vikings from raiders and traders to empire builders, Europe could not have been the same without them. Russia could never have influenced the east, Britain would have stayed a peaceful backwater.
The evil ones, Giants, Dwarves, Monsters - and the Dark Elves who did their masters' bidding. Do not stray from the light of the fire in the hall when the night is alive with threat!
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!
From Aelle's imprisonment of Ragnar Lothbrok with the serpents at Bamburgh, we were fated to be linked with the Danes. Here's a taster to guide you through a common history, kings and culture.
Over a thousand years ago Svear Norsemen, Rhos or Rus, went east and set up a trading colony. Warriors with them became the 'policemen' of the region. Rurik was the legend, Russia is now the reality