Welcome to the sixth and final (for now) in the series of "Under Your Feet" colouring sheets.
This time we will focus on the Vikings!
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The Vikings came to Britain for the first time to raid the Monastery on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in 793AD.
They were excellent traders, ship builders, warriors, navigators and craftsmen and after many decades of raiding they decided to settle in Britain. The Saxons who had already settled here didn't like it so decades of fighting followed.
The Viking Age ended when the Saxon King Harold II defeated them at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066AD, but a few weeks later Harold was beaten by the invading William the Conqueror at Hastings.
Most Viking helmets were bowl shaped with a nose guard. The one shown is special as it has eye holes for added protection and scariness.
Brooches were used to hold items of clothing together but the vikings took effort in designing very artistic ones!
Made from iron these "Long Saws" were much used in the period.
The Vikings had their own alphabet in the form of runes and were first used around 200AD.
Unsurprisingly viking board games were based on war. Their most favorite is thought to have been Hnefatafl, where one player tries to capture the king while the other tries to escape.
Viking leaders often gave these rings to their followers as rewards for loyalty and ability in battle.
The weapon most assoicated with the vikings these were excellently balanced to cause as much damage as quickly as possible.
The sword shown would have been very expensive to make so only the wealthy and most powerful warriors would own one.
Not an everyday object these would have been used for celebrations, gatherings and rituals.
Most people associate the Vikings with war but this is not the case, they were great traders which took them all over Europe and the Middle East.
This piece of jewellery was worn around the neck by followers of the god Thor for his protection.
As most Vikings wore their hair and beards long this was one of the most essential objects in everyday life.
A long piece of bone was tied to the bottom of each boot to create these fantastic ice skates!