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Sea-going Viking longboats, often with a carved dragon head on the bow to ward off evil spirits, could also maneuver in shallow waters and rivers, often attacking cities far inland such as Hamburg and Paris.

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HISTORY CORNER: The Vikings
January 10, 2021 1 a.m.

HISTORY CORNER: The Vikings

Sailing in open boats, dauntless Vikings explored, plundered and traded from Baghdad to Canada

Hollywood, video games, books and comics love to portray Vikings as vicious raiders and plunderers brandishing broadswords and axes, while thundering into battle wearing horned or winged helmets.