Blogging from A to Z Challenge: V is for Vikings


a-to-z-letters-vI’m in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for the month of April.  I need your help!  To meet this challenge, I’ll be doing one post a day, working through the alphabet.

Your job is to comment and keep me motivated!  Let me know you’re out there and following along.  Can she make it?  Will she?  Of course she will!  With you as my cheering section, I won’t be stumped by J or Q or even X.

So without further ado, here is today’s post.

Nicholas Roerich "Guests from Overseas" 1901

Nicholas Roerich “Guests from Overseas” 1901

V is for Vikings. Vikings began to raid the monasteries in the northern reaches and western islands of Scotland as early as the 8th century.  They came searching for precious metals, slaves and food.  By the 9th century, they were settling and farming, much as they had in Scandanavia, and intermarrying with the local population.  Both Norse and Scot languages were spoken in the western Highlands for many centuries.  

Education Scotland has a wealth of information on Vikings in Scotland.  And if you’re lucky enough to be in Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland is hosting the “Vikings! The Untold Story” exhibit through May 12.

Interested in finding the other nearly 2000 blogs participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge?  Click on the title, then scroll down to find the sign-up list.

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3 comments on “Blogging from A to Z Challenge: V is for Vikings

  1. That’s why the Scots are so tough :)

  2. jolenenavarro says:

    Have you seen the TV drama, Vikings? My kids watch it – looks good.

  3. Claire says:

    Was already visiting for Wewriwa and saw you were also doing A to Z so had to comment. Love that you’re doing Scottish history, especially this Viking post. I had a Vikings vs. Scots post too. :)

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