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Vikings Quiz Questions

  1. Which Norse explorer founded the first settlement in Greenland?


  2. In Scandinavian folklore and mythology a female warrior is often called what sort of maiden?
  3. In Norse mythology, Valhalla is an enormous, majestic hall ruled over by which god?
  4. In June 793, where exactly did Vikings destroy an abbey to mark the beginning of the Viking Age in England?
  5. What did the Anglo-Saxons call the coalition of Norse warriors that invaded England in AD 865?
  6. York was known as Eboracum by the Romans, but what name did the Vikings give it?
  7. What name was given to the land tax paid by the Anglo-Saxons during the reign of King Ethelred to raise funds for protection against their lands being attacked?
  8. Which Viking king was defeated and killed by Harold Godwinson's forces at the Battle of Stamford Bridge?
  9. Which Norse explorer from Iceland was the first known European to have set foot on continental North America?
  10. What name is given to the letters in the Old Norse alphabet?
  11. Which type of weapon was wielded by the god Thor?
  12. In a well known tale, which king, after failing to hold back the tide, removed his crown, hung it from a crucifix and never wore it again in honour of Almighty God?
  13. In Norse mythology, what type of bridge reaches between Earth and the realm of the gods?
  14. Rollo was most famous for his raids on which country in the ninth century?
  15. Characters in which composer's 1870 “Der Ring des Nibelungen” opera helped to create the false stereotype of Vikings wearing horned helmets?
  16. At which battle did Alfred the Great defeat Guthrum's large army in May 878?
  17. Name the legendary Norse warriors that worked themselves into a frenzy before battle and fought in a trance-like fury?
  18. What name is given for the ancient Nordic stories about early Viking voyages and the battles?
  19. England came under the control of which Danish king, after an invasion in 1013, during which Ethelred abandoned the throne and went into exile in Normandy?
  20. Which (historically dubious) Norse Viking hero and legendary king of Denmark and Sweden, known from Old Norse poetry and sagas, was played by Travis Fimmel in the popular 2013 TV series Vikings?

Answers:

  1. Erik the Red
  2. A shield-maiden
  3. Odin
  4. Lindisfarne
  5. Great Heathen Army
  6. Jorvik
  7. Danegeld
  8. Harald Hardrada
  9. Leif Erikson (who was the son of Erik the Red)
  10. Runes
  11. A hammer (Thor’s hammer was called Mjolnir)
  12. King Canute
  13. A rainbow bridge
  14. France (he became the first ruler of Normandy)
  15. Richard Wagner
  16. Battle of Edington
  17. Berserkers (which gave rise to the modern English word "berserk.")
  18. Sagas
  19. Sweyn Forkbeard
  20. Ragnar Lodbrok






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