Keel</li></li></ul><li>They were warriors who terrorized the people of Europe. The Vikings made raids from Scotland to Italy, killing, burning and carrying away all they could. It was hard to make a living in the cold Viking homelands, so Viking men raided wealthier lands. However, not all Vikings were raiders. Some travelled to new places to settle, and many were hunters and farmers, who never left home. <br />
What did the Vikings seize on their raids ?</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Vikings sailed for thousands of miles across the icy northern oceans in open wooden boats, known as longboats. They learned how to navigate by observing the sun and the stars.
They seize all kind of treasure. Churches were a favorite target for attack, because they contained gold crosses and holy books covered with jewels. The Vikings also attacked farms and villages, and kidnapped people to sell as slaves. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li> When were the Vikings powerful ?</li></ul>They were powerful about AD 800 and they continued raiding until about AD 1100. <br /><ul><li> Did the Vikings reach America ? </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Around 1000 AD., a bold adventurer named Leif Ericsson sailed westward from Greenland until he reached Vinland (present-day Newfoundland). He built a farmstead there, but quarrelled with the local people, and decided to return home. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Why did the Vikings comb their beards ?
Whatwerevikingshipsmade of ?</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Viking men wanted to look good enough to attract girlfriends! At home, all Viking people liked to look good and keep clean. They combed their hair and took sauna baths in steam, produced by pouring water over red-hot stones. Viking men and women proudly wore the best clothes they could afford. Both sexes liked to wear fine jewelry and eye make-up, and they painted their cheeks a glowing red.
Their ships were made of narrow, flexible strips wood, fixed to a solid wooden backbone, or keel. Viking warships were long and narrow, and could sail very fast. They were powered by men rowing, or by the wind and the ships had big, square sails. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>WhereweretheVikinghomelands ?
WhohelpedVikingraiders and settlers ?</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>The countries we call Scandinavia today: Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The word “Viking” comes from the old Scandinavian word “vik,” which means a narrow bay beside the sea. That's where the Vikings lived, ready to set off on raids.
The Vikings prayed to many different gods. For example; Thor sent thunder and protected craftsmen. Odin was the god of wisdom and war. Kindly goddess Freya gave peace and fruitful crops. </li></li></ul><li>THANK YOU !<br />
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