Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by Smithsonian Institution Press (first published April 15th 2000)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 342)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Gina Conkle
Excellent all-around information on the Norse. The book gives a more complete picture of Norse culture as artisans, farmers, keepers of homes, etc.

I see similarites to the Romans regarding smaller tools and implements for daily life. In the basement of the Museum of Scotland, you'll find all kinds items from daily military life of the Romans. Then, reading this book, I saw similar, small tools the Norse used. We get caught up in Hollywood's version of the Norse: big, dirty brutes who maraud the...more
Very impressive scholarship, as far as I know the definitive group of essays on the Viking exploration westward into eastern Canada. Really interesting as a history of a somewhat mysterious people - the Norse Greenlanders disappeared from both North America and more strangely, Greenland - and, for me, as an example of how history is compiled and written from archaeology, oral tradition, scientific analysis of natural phenomenon, surviving literature, and cultural comparisons. Some of the scholar...more
David R.
A mighty collection of essays on all manner of topics pertinent to the Norse hegemony in the north Atlantic ca. 800-1450 A.D. Topically speaking, it's rich fare. However, the content is the product of scholars and regrettably lumbers along in the archetypically turgid manner of the academy. As with any body of essays written by a large number of contributors, there's also a high degree of overlap and redundancy.
Lillian Carl
A collection of essays and illustrations originally published in connection with an exhibition at the Smithsonian. There are wonderful bits on maps and archaeology and popular culture, such as the image of the Viking horned helmet which actually has nothing to do with real Vikings. (We all remember the Boromir of the Bakshi LotR wearing a horned helmet!)
I'm not that much into Vikng history. The reason that I checked the book out of the library was because I liked the cover photograph.

I read some of the text and throughly enjoyed the photographs, drawings, and maps.

It was an interesting book, but I do not have the patience to read it cover to cover. It is a huge book with much detailed information.
Thomas Vree
I think the best book I've as yet found on the topic. Covers virtually all aspects from the minute details of everyday life to the grand sweep of world geo-politics.
Big, informative, and beautiful -- the detailed maps and photos alone are worth the price of admission, but the book is teeming with scholarship also.
A good visual guide to the Vikings and their westward expansion.
Vikings love combs and tweezers.
I need to own this book .
Lacey marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2014
Spectraz marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2014
Matthiasvdb marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2014
Gordana Marčetić
Gordana Marčetić marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2014
Sara added it
Jul 01, 2014
Bailey marked it as to-read
Jun 28, 2014
Breann Patterson
Breann Patterson marked it as to-read
Jun 28, 2014
Maddie Collins
Maddie Collins marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2014
Treefrogie84 marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2014
Jessica marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2014
Thorfinn marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2014
Brad marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2014
Crandall marked it as to-read
Jun 16, 2014
Mercer Traieste
Mercer Traieste marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2014
Lauren marked it as to-read
Jun 12, 2014
Michelle marked it as to-read
Jun 11, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Viking Age Iceland
  • The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
  • The Vikings
  • A Brief History of the Vikings: The Last Pagans or the First Modern Europeans?
  • A History of the Vikings
  • The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
  • The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki
  • Heimskringla: or, The Lives of the Norse Kings
  • Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford History of England)
  • Gods and Myths of Northern Europe
  • Queen Emma: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th-Century England
  • The Sagas of Icelanders
  • After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC
  • The Mummies of Urumchi
  • The Real Middle-Earth: Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages
  • Everyday Life in Early America (The Everyday Life in America series)
  • Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women's History of the World
  • Celtic Heritage
Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire Inua: Spirit World of the Bering Sea Eskimo Prehistoric Maritime Adaptations of the Circumpolar Zone

Share This Book