This is the photo of the Viking Longhouse I tried to put on yesterday...it's a reconstruction obviously but does give you an idea of what they looked like...much as people did in Ireland, they kept their animals...especially the horses...in one end of the building. It kept the horses safe and provided warmth for the humans in the cold winter months...I found some excellent photos of the interiors...but they've disappeared somewhere into the unknown reaches of my laptop. When they re-emerge I'll put those on as well because the Longhouses looked comfortable and cosy inside.
I was going to put a photo of the tomb of Bertrada 'Big Foot' on but either ipernity or the laptop doesn't want to play nicely and it won't work...poor lady, fancy being given the nickname Big Foot...she was also known as the Queen with the Gooses Feet so I'm wondering if she may have had a deformity of some sort...she married a man who went by the nickname of 'The Short'...
Now, John put me right about the Vikings and their helmets crowned with horns...he says that was something confined to cartoons and they didn't really have curved horns on their helmets...actually I was quite disappointed ! And he also said that the Sagas are mostly related to the Icelandic traditions...but I rather think they were probably associated with the countries we call Scandinavia. Some were simply tall tales told to entertain and many were based on factual events...as I wrote yesterday...much like the folklore of Ireland.
I've reached the year 600ce which is getting a bit silly now...especially when I realise just how far back that is and Ancestry can still work out how Bertrada Big Foot is related to me...you don't want to know...truly you don't...it's so complicated it makes my head spin...