Viking Games• Viking boys spent much of their free time playing at war. They fought using wooden swords so they couldn’t hurt each other too badly• One of their favourite games was called hnefatafl. This was a game for two players. One player took charge of the red army, and the other player moved the white army.
Viking homes• These were longhouses, the big room in the longhouse is dark because it has no windows. The smoke that their fire made got out from a hole in the roof. All the family kept all their things in a big wooden chest, they also slept on platforms and the slaves slept huddled together on the floor. Everybody worked including the family, the women cooked and the men worked all day on the farm, girls learnt how to spin and weave from very young ages.
AbouT erik• Eric the Red was born in Norway around 950AD but grew up in Iceland after his father was declared an outlaw for manslaughter, so he and his family had to move away.• Eric the Red also got into trouble for killing people but because the electric chair or gas chamber hadn’t yet been invented, instead he was banished, for three years.
erik And his fAmily• Erik had 2 wives, Thorhild and Thorbjarga. They had three boys and they were called Leif, Thorvald and Thorstein as well as a daughter who were called Freydis.• One of Eriks sons, Leif married a woman named Thorgunna, they had one son who they named Thorkell Leifsson.
• In 982AD, with his family, he loaded up his longship and sailed west into the unknown, where he eventually discovered Greenland. He settled there and although it was covered in ice and snow, he mis- named it so it would sound more appealing than it actually was, this would attract investors and settlers.