A depiction of the invading Vikings
Travelling Vikings
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The Vikings had a major influence on the islands of the United Kingdom. It all started with raids along the east coast, but eventually the Vikings started settling as well. After a few chaotic years the Vikings started mixing with the people that were already living on the islands: the Anglo-Saxons. Nowadays, you can still find traces of the Vikings in the UK. In the midlands and east of the UK you can find quite a few villages with Old-Norse names. Plundering was not the only past time of the Vikings. Poetry was also a very important part of their culture. A few of these sagas and poems have been preserved, mainly in Iceland. Because the Viking culture had a big influence on the English culture, their poetry is also part of the English historical literature.

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