Vikings, Episode 1 - World of the Vikings' prehistoric ancestors
Vikings, Episode 2 - The life of the Vikings
Vikings, Episode 3 - The end of the Viking era
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Browse and read the BBC Viking History Overview
Scotland's Highland games are one-day events taking place in outdoor spaces across the country. Built around traditional Highland sports such as caber toss, tug o' war and the hammer throw, a Highland games event also includes Highland dancing and music, and lots of family fun such as food and craft stalls and games. (Visit Scotland)
Photo by Paul Hudson. Glasgow. Used under a Creative Commons License CC-BY 2.0
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Penn Libraries Literature Bibliographer, Retired.
Revised and updated by Mia Cappozoli, Liaison Services
Edited by Rebecca Stuhr, Director, Liaison Services
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These are stories about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history, about early Viking voyages, the battles that took place during the voyages, about migration to Iceland and of feuds between Icelandic families. They were written in the Old Norse language, in prose, mainly in Iceland. They represent one of the major contributions of Scandinavian culture to world literature. Most have been translated into English and they often read much like modern novels.
Born to Explore with Richard Wiese - Travel with host Richard Wiese to the Shetland Islands in northern Scotland. At a renowned breeding farm, Richard meets a herd of pint-sized Shetland ponies; on the craggy cliffs of Sumburgh Head, he encounters thousands of sea birds, including pint-sized puffins. He meets a woman who reveals the secrets for knitting the classic Shetland sweater and explores life below the waters of the North Sea.