The Norse (or Vikings) were a society of settlers, raiders, conquers, and traders. During the Viking Age (793-1066 AD), they sailed from their homelands in Norway, Denmark, Sweeden, and Iceland to explore new lands and seek out vast riches. The Norse had their own gods and told their own set of myths (stories). On chilly Scandinavian nights, they would sit around crackling fires and tell these stories to their friends or to their neighbours, to their children or even to their pet goats (this one is probably a long shot, but you never know). These stories have been preserved through the ages and passed down to us.