“Dragons: Riders of Berk” Parts 1 and 2 are available on DVD now. This is the Cartoon Network show based on the feature film, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Super fun and a great way to pass the time until “How to Train Your Dragon 2” hits theaters on June 20, 2014.
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Meanwhile, here’s a cool Kid’s Guide to Vikings with some fun facts. There’s a lot to learn!
Vikings at Sea
Not all Vikings travel by dragon like they do in Berk! Vikings built big boats called longships for war, with each one carrying at least 60 men! Even though they were so large, Viking longships were designed to be speedy and could move through the water much faster than other boats.
Vikings from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden dress a lot like Vikings from Berk, but with more layers. To stay warm in the cold winters, Vikings wore clothes made of wool, animal skin, or linen and shoes made of thick leather or goatskin. In battle, they wore helmets made of leather or iron.
Vikings really knew how to make the most of their surroundings! Houses were built of stone, mud, and blocks of turf. They made thatched roofs from woven sticks covered in mud. Vikings probably wouldn’t let dragons sleep in their houses the way Toothless does!
The Vikings in Berk get to go to the Dragon Academy to learn about how to become better dragon trainers. Instead of going to school, real Viking kids stayed home to help their parents work. Even without school and books, children could learn about history through songs and stories passed down from the older members of the town.
The dragons in Berk eat fish, veggies, and bread given to them by their riders. Vikings ate similar foods, but also enjoyed meat from farm animals or wild animals that they would hunt. They drank out of wooden cups or drinking horns. Sometimes they had feasts for festivals that would last over a week!