Since 'Viking' or the 'Vikings' or the 'Viking Age' is a subject that could fill several books, I have decided to limit my study of the Vikings to just a few things that an eight-year-boy might deem important.
The Vikings were people who lived in Northern Europe from about 700 to 1000 A.D. (Take a look at this map of their travel-routes. Courtesy of Wikkipedia.)
They were tradesmen or pirates who travelled widely and who loved beautiful and intricate jewellery! They got a bad reputation for some of their methods of trade though (plundering, killing, burning villages, taking hostages with them and making them slaves at home). But whatever they did, they left their mark and are remembered. So why not use this name for a company that makes rubber boots?
Or why not use it for the name of a company of cruising ships/ferries that sail on the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland? This one sails in our bathtub:
I did the basic outline drawings from the illustrations in this book and then my son Erik coloured them and then I cut them and made the stands for them. (Quick and simple 'paper-tin-soldiers'! I've made lots of them!) Photo of two viking warriors from page13 of the Swedish transaltion of Viking, Eyewitness Guide (1994) [See Amazon-widget on sidebar.]
Take a closer look at these guys:
Images from LEGO.com
Take an even closer look at this mini-Viking's helmet, it has horns!
But the Vikings did fight dragons, sea-monsters and giant squids!
Let's not forget that the Vikings could write and used letters called runes to carve in wood or stone. This is what their alphabet looked like:
Seven-ringed collar from Möne in the Gold Room at the Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden
Brush Strokes from the Heart
For more V-words at Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday please click here.