The Vikings were Germanic people who raided, traded, explored, and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic.
Viking children did not go to school. They helped their parents at work, and learned Viking history, religion and law from spoken stories and songs, not from books.
Women baked bread. They looked after the children, made the family's clothes and cooked two meals a day. On the farm, women milked the cows and made cheese.
There were boatbuilders, potters, leather-workers and smiths. And most could fight if they had to, protect the family or their chieftain.
Vikings enjoyed swimming, wrestling and horse racing. In winter, people skated on frozen rivers, and used skis over the snow. Their favourite board game was hnefatafl. This game was like chess.
Houses Most houses had one room for a family to share. Rich people's farmhouses sometimes have a small entrance hall, a large main room, a kitchen, a bedroom and a store room. In a Viking town, houses were crowded close together along narrow streets.
Clothes Vikings wore clothes similar of people in England, Scotland and Wales at this time. Men wore tunics and trousers. Women wore long dresses, Clothes were made from wool, linen and animal skins.Â
Food and Drinks They ate meat from farm animals, and from animals that they hunted, and collected foods such as berries and nuts. They cooked meat in a big stew-pot over the fire. At a feast, guests drank ale and mead (a strong drink made from honey).
The Vikings were very good sailors. They built boats that were very long, narrow and they were built of wood. They were called longships or dragonships, because they had giant wood sculptures of dragons that were at the front of the boat.
Who did discover America? Around the year 1000 A.D., the Viking explorer Leif Erikson, sailed to a place he called "Vinland," . (Amerika). Erikson and his crew didn't stay long time.
Published on Jun 20, 2013