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10 Best Viking Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Viking books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best viking books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2023)

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    The Long Ships

    Frans G. Bengtsson

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    Eaters of the Dead

    Michael Crichton

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    The Greenlanders

    Jane Smiley

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    King Hereafter

    Dorothy Dunnett

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    Riddle of the Runes

    Janina Ramirez


  • What are some great books to explore the Viking spirit?

    There are many great book choices if you're looking to explore the viking spirit. "The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings" is a popular choice, and "The Viking Age: A Reader" is a historical fiction series that explores the viking spirit in-depth. If you're more interested in mythology, "Norse Mythology" by Neil Gaiman is a good starting point.

  • Are there any books about Vikings that delve into their Norse mythology?

    Yes, definitely! Notable books in this category include "The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology" by Snorri Sturluson, and "Norse Gods and Heroes" by Morgan J. Roberts. These mythology books explore the life and times of the Norse gods, and are a great way to explore the world of the Vikings.

  • Where can I find a comprehensive history of the Viking age?

    "The History of the Vikings" by Gwyn Jones provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the Viking age. This historical account is a great book to delve into the life and world of the Vikings. You can buy it on Amazon, among other booksellers.

  • Can I find books about the Vikings' voyages, specifically to places like Norway?

    Indeed you can! One such book is "Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga" by William F. Fitzhugh and Elisabeth Ward, which covers the Viking voyages to places like Ark Norway. This book presents a fascinating exploration of the Viking world during the Viking age.

  • Can you recommend any popular Viking books that include Norse sagas?

    "The Sagas of the Icelanders" by various authors, published by Penguin Random House, is a great book to read. It's a collection of ten Norse sagas that give a rich and detailed account of the Viking age.

  • What's a good Viking book that combines historical fiction with Norse history?

    If you're on the hunt for a good Viking book that combines historical fiction with Norse history, "The Sea of Trolls" by Nancy Farmer is a great choice. Set in the Viking age, it weaves together Norse mythology and Viking life with a fictional narrative.

  • Are there any Viking books that have a high star rating?

    Yes, "The Viking Age: A Reader" is a highly-rated book. With its high star rating and positive comments, it's a popular choice for those interested in the Viking age.

  • What are some Viking books suitable for those who enjoy historical fiction?

    If you're a fan of historical fiction, you might enjoy "The Half-Drowned King" by Linnea Hartsuyker, which is set in the Viking age, or "The Long Ships" by Frans G. Bengtsson. These books capture the life and times of the Vikings in a compelling way.

  • If I want to remove a book from my list due to inaccurate Viking history, how can I find a replacement?

    One way to find a replacement book is to check Viking books' reviews and ratings on online platforms like Amazon. You can also check the news for any recent historical discoveries about the Viking age, as these might inspire new books or validate the historical accuracy of existing ones.

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