The Vikings were the seafaring people from Scandinavia in the period of 800 to 1050 AD. They were known for their skill as seamen, and with the support of their sturdy long ships they were able to trade goods as far north as Russia and as far south as Turkey. Vikings are mostly known for their courage in battle, at one time conquering much of England. Contrary to popular belief, Vikings did not sport horns on their helmets.
The Vikings did not have the technology to make high quality swords, but would often buy these in continental Europe.
- The Vikings have inspired a subgenre of heavy metal music, known as Viking Metal.