Vikings by Stephen Walsh
Farmer Vikings grew lots of vegetables like crops, barleys, oats, rye and fruit like grapes, apples and pears.
They had animals – cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
Vikings lived in houses with thatched roofs like other farmers.
When Vikings died, they were buried in their longship which was buried in a pit or a mound of earth. This ship contained the bodies of a rich woman and her slaves as well as beds, four sledges, a cart, chests, boxes and many other things.
The most feared Viking warriors were the Berserks. They worked themselves up before they went into battle. The word berserk is still used to mean wild or crazy.
The Vikings made Ireland’s first coin in 987. The King’s head and name were on one side.
Vikings built other towns – Limerick, Wexford, Waterford.
Ford comes from fjord, the Norse word for a long, deep narrow harbour, e.g. Carlingford, Waterford.
The Vikings first raided Ireland in 795. They sailed in to large lakes and attacked nearby monasteries.After all the raids they settled in Ireland.
Another name :
There are three other names for Vikings – Norsemen, Northmen and Danes. They got their names because they were from the North.