National Geographic: Viking Lore

Archaeologists have confirmed key details in Norse oral histories (but not the dragons, elves, and trolls). The Vikings had “a long oral history going back centuries,” says Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough. “It’s very hard to separate the facts from the fiction.”

The Best Books on Vikings: A Five Books Interview

The Vikings discovered America and traded slaves in Baghdad. They sometimes buried their dead in ships, but probably did not burn them. And they did not wear horned helmets. Historian Eleanor Barraclough separates myth from reality and recommends books on the medieval Norse pillagers who have fascinated everyone from Hollywood to Hitler.


L’éléphant: Les vikings – itinéraires d’une diaspora

Interview about the multicultural history of the Viking diaspora for French magazine L’éléphant.