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Playing cards from the Viking board game Champions of Midgard

The Best Modern Viking Board Games

As the nights start drawing in, what could be better than getting together with a few friends and playing some board games? Let’s take a look at some of the better titles available, with a Viking...
Norse valkyrie in the sky

The Valkyries: Welcome to Valhalla

Everything you need to know about Odin’s famous afterlife maidens, the Valkyries. From opera to comic books, the Valkyries pop up all over our popular culture. These fierce maidens carry the warriors killed in battle to...
Viking raiders at Lindisfarne

The Viking Raid on Lindisfarne

The northmen's unexpected, vicious attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne in 793 is widely regarded as the beginning of the Viking Age. Here is the fascinating story of the Lindisfarne Viking raid. I was in primary...
Old silver Viking coins

Viking Money: From Bartering to Coins in the Viking Age

For almost three thousand years, humans have been using coins as payment. As that winds down in an increasingly cashless world, let’s take a look at how the Vikings dealt with money. Coins can tell us...
A viking trading vessel was an important part of the Viking economy

The Viking Economy: Trade in the Viking Age

Most of us know the Vikings used ships to launch raids on other lands. But they were also a key tool for trading, which fast became a cornerstone of the Viking economy. If you want progress...
Viking cat sitting on wood

Viking Cats: The Preferred Pets of the Northmen

Formidable warriors, fiercely protecting their territory and exploring widely to conquer new lands. No, we’re not talking about Vikings this time. Well we are, but a specific subset…Viking cats! To put another nail in the coffin...
Gokstad Viking ship excavation

Gokstad Ship: The Story of Norway’s Most Famous Viking Ship

In 1880, the Gokstad ship was discovered and excavated from the shores of the Oslofjord. 140 years later, it remains the most significant Viking Age find and a major tourist attraction for Oslo and Norway. Have...
Viking grave dig in Sweden

Viking DNA Study Turns Up Surprising Results

Results from a major new research project suggest that the Viking Age may have looked quite different to what the history books present. An international research project analysed DNA from 400 Viking Age skeletons. Said to...
Illustration of the Viking eternal battle with Thor and Loki

11 Viking Video Games to Play Before You Reach Valhalla

Here's our pick of the best video games with a Viking theme. Skill up on your Norse warrior battle strategy while you wait for the year's hottest release. Okay, so you’re probably not heading to Valhalla....
The Viking sword was discovered by archaeologists in a grave in central Norway

Archaeologists Find Viking Sword in Central Norway

A 9th century Viking sword has been unearthed by archaeologists in central Norway. Read on for the full fascinating story, and some questions that remain. During the Viking Age, a man was buried with a full...