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Our Favourite Famous Vikings - Handy Info for Key Stage 2

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson discovering America by Christian Krohg
  • Leif was a Norse Explorer

  • Described as a “wise, considerate, and strong man of striking appearance.”

  • He was famous for being the first European to find North America – 500 years before Chris Columbus – and founding a settlement in Vinland.

Ragnar Lothbrok

  • Ragnar was a Viking Hero and warrior

  • Debate rages over whether Ragnar existed or not, he may have been a legendary figure like King Arthur. He could just be a fictional character based on several people.

  • Fun fact: His surname means shaggy breeches

Ivar the Boneless

  • Ivar the Boneless was one of Ragnar Lothbrock's sons.

  • He led the Great Heathen Army to invade England after his father was killed.

  • Why was he called Boneless? Perhaps he had an illness that cause very weak bones. Or perhaps the Vikings were being ironic and Ivar was actually really big, strong and healthy.

Harald Bluetooth

  • Harald was a King of Denmark and Norway.

  • He was famous for introducing Christianity to Denmark.

  • Did Harald have a ‘blue tooth’? It may have been a discoloured bad tooth.

  • Bluetooth Wireless is named after Harald, and its logo is the runic symbols for his initials.

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