Land of Legend: Whay are Vikings Still Popular?

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Having successfully completed your tour of the known Viking world, you are ready to voyage into Legend Land. But beware; here you must utilize all the knowledge you have gained to separate fact from fiction. "Legend Land" is the place in modern popular culture where the image of the Vikings continues to live and change. Here, competing ideas about the Vikings vie for supremacy: humorous Vikings of cartoon strips; serious genetic studies of Viking descendants; historically accurate novels; and archeological hoaxes all populate Legend Land. Why do the Vikings continue to be an immensely popular subject for so many different people? Certainly there is a mystique about the Vikings, who are paradoxically heroic, mythic, adventurous, and barbaric all at the same time.

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