Everything about Scandinavian history is interesting: the Norse religion, the dramatic sagas, the feuding kings, the far-reaching raids of the seaborne Vikings. To top it off, many of the Scandinavian leaders from the Viking Age had really creative and unique names. Here are 10 of my favorite names from the Viking Era, as well as a little history and mythological information where it is relevant. Enjoy!
To keep the well-rounded number of 10, some great names were unfortunately left out of the list. Here are some honorable mentions: Harald Finehair (King of Norway, c. 860-940), Erik Weatherhat (folklorish Swedish King), Harald Hard Ruler (King of Norway, r. 1045-1066).
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