Viking Harold Bluetooth was great at connecting nations – Bluetooth tech is named after him: the logo are his initials.
Erik the Red was so violent even fellow Vikings objected; exiling him from both Norway and Iceland (they made him to go Greenland).
Viking is something you do, not something you are.The word Viking comes from the people from the Vik, (vik means bay). People who would sail off to other places were ‘going viking’. The word Viking wasn’t used in English until 19th Century – before this, we were just known as ‘Norsemen’ or ‘Danes’.
The traditional Northern greeting “‘Ey up” comes from the Viking times
Not very viking but very northern.
The Old Norse Viking word for drunk was ‘kveis’, meaning “uneasiness after debauchery”
Viking women could ‘divorce’ their husbands quite easily – reasons included ‘the showing of too much chest hair”.
The word Saturday in Scandinavia is ‘Lørdag’ which comes from the old Norse word laugardagr; a combination of the words laug meaning ‘bath’ and dagr meaning ‘day’. The Vikings were very clean people (at least in comparison to many other nations) and had weekly baths.
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