10 Great Viking Books

A Listmania! list by G. Alvin Simons "Author of Odin-son:The Berserk Saga" (Perry, FL)
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The list author says: "Looking for non-fiction books on Viking history? Perhaps you're looking for a great read in Viking fiction? My list will help you with your search."
A History of the Vikings
1.  A History of the Vikings by Gwyn Jones
The list author says:
  "The magnus opus of Norse history and culture during the "Viking Age". There's so much helpful information in the large volume that I don't know where to begin. Essential for anyone doing research or simply desiring a deeper understanding of this period in Norse history."
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The Vikings: Revised Edition
2.  The Vikings: Revised Edition by Else Roesdahl
The list author says:
  "Not as large or informative as Gwyn Jones's book, but still valuable information and an enjoyable read. I particularly like the way it's written. It's very easy for the average layman to understand. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good general overview of the subject."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
3.  Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga by William W. Fitzhugh
The list author says:
  "The companion volume to a Smithsonian exhibition of the same name. This huge book is filled with beautiful pictures & the various articles written by experts in their fields cover a wide array of subjects. A great coffee-table book that's also of tremendous value to anyone doing research."
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Viking Age Iceland (Penguin History)
4.  Viking Age Iceland (Penguin History) by Jesse L. Byock
The list author says:
  "Very readable and filled with good information about the early years of Norse Icelandic settlement. I especially enjoyed the sections on the daily life and activities of the early Icelanders. Of all the books that I've listed as academic tomes, this is easily the most accessible and understandable for the average layperson."
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The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
5.  The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Robert Kellogg
The list author says:
  "I'd urge anyone seeking a deeper knowledge and appreciation of these people and their times to begin by reading them. These stories are filled with so many fascinating people and interesting happenings that I'd gladly put them up against ANY Suspense or Action-Adventure writer of ANY day."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway
6.  Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway by Snorri Sturluson
The list author says:
  "Another great book but one that must be viewed with some caution. Supposedly a "History of the Norse Kings", there's a debate about how truthful some portions of it are. Still, a good bit of the information has been corroborated by scholars. With these cautions in mind, there's a lot in these pages of great value."
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Egil's Saga (Penguin Classics)
7.  Egil's Saga (Penguin Classics) by Snorri Sturluson
The list author says:
  "One of the most interesting of the sagas even though Egil was not a very likable fellow by modern standards. A drunkard at the age of 3, he killed another boy when he was just 7 years old because the youth had beaten him at wrestling. The action comes fast and furious and there's even unexpected touches of civility in the poems that Egil recites. A great read for the Action-Adventure fan."
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Njal's Saga (Penguin Classics)
8.  Njal's Saga (Penguin Classics) by Anonymus
The list author says:
  "Unlike most of the sagas, the majority of the action here is the legal wrangling that happens at the Thing court. A fascinating look at court/legal proceedings during Viking times."
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The Viking Art of War
9.  The Viking Art of War by Paddy Griffith
The list author says:
  "Good source on all things concerning Viking warfare & tactics. The author explores everything from weapons used to battle formations."
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Odin-Son: The Berserk Saga
10.  Odin-Son: The Berserk Saga by G. Alvin Simons
The list author says:
  "My own humble contribution to this list. This is an action-adventure novel about a young Viking taught the Berserk ways. Pursued by a dangerous foe seeking blood vengeance, he helps an Irish princess wage war for the soul of her kingdom."
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