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10. Landnám in the North Atlanticlocked

  • Julian D. Richards

Abstract

How far has Viking identity and culture survived beyond Scandinavia? How much was it reinvented in the 13th- and 14th-century sagas? ‘Landnám in the North Atlantic’ looks at Viking colonization and its role in shaping national identities across the region by charting the history of Viking expansion from 800 to 1400. What impact did Norse culture have on the Faroes? What impact did the Vikings have in Iceland, which is geographically closer to Scotland than Norway? In the North Atlantic colonies, cultural change was eventually determined by environmental factors rather than hybridization with an existing population. The attachment of a Viking cultural identity is as much a thing of myth as it is of reality.

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