Monday, 16 June 2008







Viking women were independent. They chose their own husband and could divorce him when they want.

A drum-shaped brooch

Vikings load a dragon-headed longship for the journey to the afterworld.

Icelanders built their houses of turf.
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21 comments:

Old Lady Lincoln said...

I wonder what it was like living in a house made that way?

reader Wil said...

Yea, I think it was warm but dirty!

ellen b. said...

Vikings are a great choice for V!

Aileni said...

My family has a long history in Swansea where I was born and it sems likely we are of Viking descent.
Informative 'V's.

reader Wil said...

Thanks Ellen, I've come back from a visit to your interesting blog!

reader Wil said...

Hi Aileni, wonderful idea to have viking ancestors!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh this brings back the memories of when I learned this in school. Which was just umm.. not so long ago... =)
Wonderful post... we cannot forget our Vikings... thanks for the lesson!

reader Wil said...

Michele thanks for the visit! The Vikings were fierceful, but left their traces all over Europe. We could learn a lot of them.

leslie said...

I love your post - very informative about the Vikings. I especially love how the women would have been a force to reckon with...ahead of their times by being the chooser and the "tosser outer." lol

reader Wil said...

Yes Leslie, they were very emancipated and strong. The Vikings claimed to have the first parliament in Europe and they were the first democrates too.

photowannabe said...

Love the sod house and the V posts. Great choice.

reader Wil said...

photowannabe, thanks for the visit and your comment.

Dragonstar said...

The Vikings are fascinating. You've put a lot of work into your excellent slideshow. I loved it.

Liz said...

I should think the turf houses were warm but smoky.

I live in Swansea, which is said to be named after a Viking, Sweyn.

reader Wil said...

Thank you Liz for this extra information!

reader Wil said...

Dragonstar I agree with you that the Vikings were really interesting people who had a great influence on our world.

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting post!
Very good choice for "V"-Wednesday!

Over at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo, we have Visions of Hell!

reader Wil said...

Merci Louis!

kRiZ cPEc said...

thanks for sharing~~

Dina said...

These are great pictures and information. Chicago had a Viking ship on display so from childhood I have been fascinated by the idea of Vikings.

reader Wil said...

Thank you kRiZ cPEc and Dina for the visit!