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Vikings - Religion
The Norse God of Thunder, Thor, carried a hammer.

Vikings - Religion

One important part of KS2 history is Viking, or Norse, culture and this is the third of four quizzes on the subject. Specifically it looks at Norse mythology, religion and gods prior to the Vikings' conversion to Christianity.

The religion of the Vikings was a pagan belief in the gods and goddesses of Norse mythology. Their afterlife was composed of various places to go, such as Valhalla if you died bravely in battle, but the most common place to go was hel. The Viking Hel was not a place of torment like the Christian Hell - but it was a place of cold and darkness. The Vikings had many stories about the antics of their gods and some of our days of the week are named after them - Thursday after Thor for example or Friday after the goddess Frigg.

Take this quiz to discover what you know about Viking religion and Norse mythology.

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1.
Who was the king of the gods?
Thor
Odin
Loki
Balder
As well as being king of the gods Odin was the god of knowledge, magic, healing, death, battle, royalty, poetry and the alphabet
2.
Where did the Viking gods live?
Midgard
Mount Olympus
Valhalla
Asgard
Asgard was linked to Midgard - where the Vikings lived - by a rainbow bridge
3.
What did Thor carry?
A sword
A shield
A hammer
A scythe
Babies were given a tiny hammer at birth for good luck
4.
Who were the enemies of the Gods who would one day destroy them in battle?
The Trolls
The Dwarfs
The Frost Giants
The Dragons
The Frost Giants lived in Niflheim, a place of mists, snow and frozen rivers
5.
Where did Viking warriors go after death in battle?
Niflheim
Valhalla
Asgard
Midgard
If a warrior died in bed they would go to Niflheim
6.
Whose death did Loki cause?
Balder
Odin
Freyja
Thor
Balder was the son of Odin
7.
What was Freyja the Goddess of?
Thunder
Love
War
The sea
As well as being the goddess of love, Freyja was also the goddess of beauty, fertility, gold, magic and death
8.
What are the stories of the Viking Gods known as?
Norse myths
Greek myths
Celtic myths
Roman myths
The Norse myths are wonderful stories featuring heroes, gods, dwarfs and elves
9.
What religion did most Vikings adopt in the 900s?
Islam
Judaism
Buddhism
Christianity
Though most became Christians some people in Scandinavia were not converted until the 1700s
10.
What was said to hold up the Earth?
A giant oak tree
A giant man
A giant ash tree
A giant serpent
The Vikings also believed that the Earth was flat

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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