Get Out Your Horned Helmets…

The Viking Shipthe Vikings are coming! (And I’m not referring to the football team.) October 9 is considered Leif Ericson day; named after the Norse leader who was probably the first European to visit North America – about 500 years before the other guy who gets a national day this month. In honor of this, here are some interesting resources about Vikings, as well as a few fun, sometimes violent books of fiction. I mean, what’s the use of honoring a Viking without a little bloodshed for old times sake?

IN THE LIBRARY:

FICTION

The Soul Thief, The Witches’ Kitchen, and Varanger by Cecelia Holland

The Whale Road by Robert Low

The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, and Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell

Odinn’s Child by Time Severin

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay

The Beothuk Saga by Bernard Assiniwi

Devoted and Beguiled by Alice Borchardt

War of the Gods by Poul Anderson

Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

NONFICTION

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga edited by William W. Fitzhugh and Elisabeth I. Ward

Encyclopedia of the Viking Age by John Haywood

The Vikings by Jonathan Wooding

Hagar the Horrible’s Very Nearly Complete Viking Handbook by Dik Browne with Christopher Browne

Vikings! by Magnus Magnusson

DVD

Erik the Viking

The Vikings in North America

Secret Voyages of the Vikings

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ON THE WEB:

PBS – The Vikings

Smithsonian – Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

BBC History – Viking Quest (cool, interactive game – I’ve played it!)

Wikipedia – Viking Age

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