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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)
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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
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Courtney
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
Sarah Schanze
I'm gonna mark this as read though I haven't read it cover to cover. As I started reading I realized it was divided into articles more than chapters, which lends itself to reading just bits when I need to or want to, rather than building from one chapter to the next. Still full of great information and especially photos and images. I'm very image-focused so that helps me a lot when it comes to imagining life in the past.
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!)
Gobnait
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.
Muspell
A lot of interesting articles about the Vikings in general, and especially what happened to them in Greenland and North America. Loads of good pictures.
Volsung
Big, informative, and beautiful -- the detailed maps and photos alone are worth the price of admission, but the book is teeming with scholarship also.
Colin
A good visual guide to the Vikings and their westward expansion.
Alan
Vikings love combs and tweezers.
Elizabeth
I need to own this book .
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