Professor McGinty visited the vikings in the year 890 AD. This was the time when many of them
had settled to the North East of England in an area that they called 'DANELAW'.

At this time they set up trade routes with countries as far away as Russia .
Although many people believe them to have been a violent, selfish and untrustworthy people,
they were primarily farmers who, once obtained their little piece of England ,
wanted nothing more than to settle down and farm again.
Unfortunately, they made enemies easily and after a couple of hundred years,
became diluted into the Anglo Saxon population.

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The Vikings were famous for making jewellery and brooches.
They would carve a mould out of stone and heat up metal until it melted.
Once hot enough, they would pour the metal into the mould and wait for it to cool.
A popular piece of jewellery was a good luck charm in the shape of Thor's Hammer.
His hammer actually had a name - Mjollnir (pronounced Myolnear).

Make your own Viking good luck charm by cutting out a Hammer Shape
from card and either covering it in foil of painting it with silver paint.

Once finished, thread your Viking good luck charm onto a piece of string to go around your neck.
I hope it brings you good luck!




Thor was the Viking God of the sky.
The Vikings had a lot of gods and they all had amazing stories written about them.
There was Odin who was Thor's father and also the God of war and wisdom.
He only had one eye because he had swapped it for this wisdom.

The Vikings imagined that the world was flat and that there was a huge tree in the centre
called the World tree.
At the top lived an eagle and at the bottom lived a snake.
They both hated eachother and a squirrel ran up and down the tree
passing rude messages to each of them.



The World tree was within a city called Asgard;
a place where twelve gods and twelve goddesses lived.
There was a huge wall around Asgard and the gates of it were guarded by a god called Heimdall.

The Vikings believed that when they died they would ride up to Asgard on an eight legged horse
called Sleipnir and they would enter a huge palace called Valhalla .
A lady would give them a refreshing drink made out of honey, called Mead,
they would fight all day and, if injured, would be healed at night.

Draw a picture of what you think the Vikings idea of the world looked like



The Vikings didn't write English like we write today.
Instead they wrote a language made out of letters called 'Runes'.
Each letter is made out of straight lines so it is easier to carve them onto wood and stone.
The simple version of the Viking alphabet is called the 'Futhark'.
The Futhark only contained sixteen letters so you can imagine how hard it would be
to write some of todays words.
Even though it looks like a foreign language, you can still see similarities
between today's letters of our alphabet
and the Futhark.

Look in your library to try and find an alphabet of Runes.

Try to write your name in Runes or secret messages to your class-mates
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A few Viking words are still in use today.
Whenever you use the words skin, sky, skirt, skill, wish, want, root, same, wrong, flat, tight,
awkward, leg, law, lump, egg, bread and freckles, you are in fact talking Viking!

Some British place names come from the Viking word for that place.
Most places that end in the letters 'by' used to be Viking. Places like Derby and Helsby.
The word 'by' in Viking times meant village.

In an atlas, find a map of Britain and mark on it where most of the places ending in 'by' are.

You should find most of them to the north of Britain .
This area was where most Vikings lived and they called it the Danelaw.

The Vikings originally came from Scandinavia and arrived on huge boats
called 'longboats' to settle in 'Danelaw'.
They still threatened to attack the other people who lived in Britain
and asked for money so they wouldn't.
Sometimes the Vikings were very naughty and attacked anyway, even if they had been paid!
This money that they received was called 'Danegeld'.

Imagine that you are a Viking warrior and write a short story about an attack you
have just made on a nearby town

or maybe you have been spending your share of the 'Danegeld'.

What kind of things have you bought?

You can also draw a picture of yourself wearing your Viking clothes and helmet if you like.

Why not take a look at some of the other places that Professor McGinty has visited
Maybe you could have a go at some of those activities

 

 

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