How Much Do You Know About the Vikings?

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They're mythic, epic and they once conquered so many vast lands! But how much do you know about the history of the​ Vikings? You'll find much is surprising about these hearty people. Here's the big question: were there horns on their helmets? We're going to find out.

What does the word "berserk" come from?

Berserkers were a band of Vikings that wore animal pelts and howled at the moon. Brings a whole new meaning to going berserk.

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Where did the Vikings bury their dead?

They loved boats so much that they actually buried people in them - wealthy or important people, in particular. This was to help them execute their journey to the afterlife. Others were buried or cremated.

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Did Vikings wear horns on their helmets?

They actually did not wear horns on their helmets. It's thought that painters created this iconic image, perhaps because Norse priests wore horns for ceremonial​ purposes.

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When was a Viking child considered an adult?

A Viking child was an adult by age 12! Talk about growing up fast!

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Did Vikings name their boats?

Vikings loved their boats, and they always named them. Similar to what we do today!

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How many meals a day did Vikings eat?

They ate a morning meal and an evening meal. Were they the first intermittent fasters? Hard to tell.

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Did Vikings believe in fate?

Vikings definitely believed in fate. In fact, they thought there were three Norns that ruled over present, past and future.

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Who gave the Vikings a bad reputation?

The Catholics didn't like the Vikings because they were Pagans. And they also stole some of their precious treasures. But Vikings weren't all that bad.

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What did Viking men do to their hair?

Viking gentlemen preferred to be blondes. They would use a kind of soap and lye mixture to bleach their hair, and sometimes their beards.

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Where did the Vikings come from?

They were Scandinavian, of course! But they liked to sail across vast distances. And plunder. Naturally.

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What does the word Viking mean?

Viking actually means "pirate raid." That seems fitting, when you think about all the raids the Vikings had.

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The werewolf in the Harry Potter books is named after what?

Fenrir Greyback was named after a wolf in Viking mythology. Did J.K. Rowling have Viking roots? We'd like to think so.

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What was the favorite food of the Vikings?

It was fish, naturally! All year round, they would eat the fish that they caught. They even dried it during the summer months.

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What famous ruler was of Viking heritage?

He was the great-great-great-grandson of Viking King Rollo. That means that he was only a few generations away from being a Viking!

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What was the Viking personal hygiene like?

Apparently, Vikings were very clean and tidy. In excavations, archaeologists found tweezers, ear cleaners and razors. So much for being barbarians!

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What was a favorite Viking pastime?

The Vikings actually liked to ski! They skied for fun and also for hunting. They had their own god of skiing, known as Ullr.

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How did Vikings use the facilities on longships?

There were no toilets on longships. You can imagine what that scene must have been like.

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Which day of the week is named after a Viking god?

Thursday is named after Thor, the God of Thunder. He was also the inspiration for that film with the hunky guy.

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What was the Viking physique like?

Due to the good Viking diet, they were tall and lean. In fact, their height was similar to our own today - they were just a little shorter.

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Who was the first Viking king of England?

Canute, or Cnut, was the first Viking king of England. I would imagine the people of England weren't too pleased about that.

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What did rich Vikings wear?

Rich Vikings sported silver armbands. Similar to what rich people today wear.

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What famous Shakespearean figure submitted to Cnut when he conquered England?

Macbeth submitted to Cnut when he conquered England. Shakespeare could have written a whole other play about that!

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About what percentage of Vikings failed to reach adulthood?

About one-third of Vikings failed to reach adulthood. In fact, about 17% probably died in infancy.

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At what age could Viking girls marry?

Viking girls sometimes married when they were as young as 12. If they weren't slaves, they could actually seek divorce.

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What did Vikings make rope out of?

They used whale and sheep skin to make boat rope. Apparently, this was very strong!

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How strong were Danish axes?

They were so strong they could cut through an iron helmet. They were also so strong they could cut through a human skull,

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What was a Viking's most treasured weapon?

A Viking believed that his sword had magic properties. Swords were handed down through the generations.

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What did Vikings feed the injured?

Vikings believed that onion soup helped an injured person who couldn't identify their injury. There probably wasn't cheese on top!

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What did Vikings attach to their shields?

These thrusting spikes helped the Vikings use the shield both on the offense and defense. Getting hit by one could be deadly.

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Which Viking was so deadly he was banished from Norway and Iceland?

Eric the Red was so violent that he was banished. That says a lot, to be too violent for the Vikings!

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What is mundr?

A mundr is a bride price, paid by a potential groom's family to create a betrothal, followed by a wedding. The wedding feast would last for days.

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What was true about Viking bread?

Viking bread was very gritty. In fact, there was so much grit that it ground down Viking teeth!

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How did Vikings conduct battle?

Vikings began the battle from a distance. They shot arrows and propelled rocks from slings.

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How did Vikings like their clothes?

Vikings actually preferred brightly colored clothes. They liked red, yellow, and blue.

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Rich Vikings had what kind of wives?

The wives of rich Vikings were described as pretty, slender and wise! Not a bad combination in a woman.

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