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History Quiz: Vikings

Guess the answers to these questions about Vikings, the Viking Age and mythology.
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1. Harald Bluetooth built several large what?
Longhouses
Ships
Forts
These were ring fortresses or trelleborgs.
2. Runic inscriptions were found on which famous Turkish landmark?
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Blue Mosque
One of them is believed to spell "Halfdan carved these runes".
3. Which of these creatures did the Vikings not believe in?
Troll
Dragon
Griffin
The griffin was a creature that featured in Ancient Egyptian and Persian legends, as well as in those of nearby cultures and in southern Europe.
4. What was the name of the part of England where the Danes held sway?
Danerule
Danelaw
Danelands
It was created as part of the treaties between Alfred the Great and the Danish warlord Guthrum.
5. Which type of longship was the smallest?
Karvi
Drakkar
Skeid
Ships with thirteen rowing benches were the smallest considered for military use. Karvi had six to sixteen and were mainly used for fishing and trade; however, they were sometimes commissioned for military use.
6. Which of these doesn't describe one of the Nine Worlds of Norse cosmology?
Realm of Fire
Realm of Serpents
Realm of Mists
The other two describe the worlds of Muspelheim and Niflheim, respectively.
7. Which of these wasn't attacked by Vikings?
Seville
Paris
Barcelona
Seville, then under Muslim control, was briefly taken over by Vikings before being reclaimed by the Emirate of Córdoba. Vikings also occupied Paris after they besieged the city, and only left when Charles the Bald paid them in 2,570 kg of gold and silver.
8. Which of these wasn't a real Viking?
Skallagrímsson
Gunnar
Völgarr
Egill Skallagrímsson was a warrior and a poet, and Gunnar Hámundarson was an Icelandic chieftain. Völgarr, on the other hand, is a video game character.
9. Which of these isn't the first name of a child of Erik the Red?
Freydís
Harald
Leif
Freydís Eiríksdóttir and Leif Erikson both headed west from Iceland, landing in North America.
10. Which of these mythological creatures is closest to the Norse draugr?
Zombie
Unicorn
Ogre
Draugr were reanimated corpses that often guarded the treasure in their burial mounds.
11. Which of these Viking trading towns still exists today?
Birka
Ribe
Hedeby
It is home to the oldest Christian church in Denmark.
12. What was the maximum speed for a Viking longship?
10 knots
15 knots
20 knots
Though only under favourable conditions.
13. Vikings believed that half of those who died in combat would go to Valhalla. Where would the other half go?
Fólkvangr
Vanaheim
Hel
This was a field or meadow ruled over by the goddess Freyja. Vanaheim was home to the gods known as the Vanir, those associated with nature, fertility, wisdom, and the ability to see the future. Hel was a place where the dead went, just not those who had died in battle, although there is not one clear answer in Norse mythology as to who would go there.
14. Runic inscriptions were also found on a statue of which animal, currently in Venice?
Snake
Horse
Lion
The statue is the Piraeus Lion, on display at the Venetian Arsenal but originally from the port of Athens, Piraeus. The inscriptions are in the shape of the mythical lindworm.
15. Who belonged the Jelling dynasty?
Cnut the Great
Eric Bloodaxe
Harald Fairhair
Sweyn Forkbeard and Harald Bluetooth were also members of the dynasty, being Cnut's father and grandfather respectivey. It is also known as the House of Knýtlinga, based off of Cnut's name. Harald Fairhair and Eric Bloodaxe both belonged to the Fairhair dynasty.
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