The Vikings were Scandinavian sea-warriors of the 8th to 10th century AD who raided and settled on the coasts of Britain and western Europe. They also sailed as far as Constantinople, Africa, Greenland, and were the first real discoverers of America. The first main attack on Britain occurred in the reign of Alfred the Great, who was the king of Wessex, in 885 AD. But something else happened that year which has never been satisfactorily explained. Shortly before the invasion of England, the vikings sent about a dozen ships to survey the coast, and on one of these ships there was a Norse map-maker named Olaf, who made very accurate maps of England's eastern coast. When Olaf's ship was crossing the North Sea one evening, one of the Norse warriors on board shouted out and pointed to the thing in the waters about a mile ahead.
THE NORTH SEA 'DRAGON'
|It was a dark shape on legs, and it was blowing out a jet of yellow flame into the air. Olaf was spellbound. He thought it looked like some sea monster, and told the viking crew to keep on rowing, but the men were naturally afraid. When the ship was about half a mile away from the monster, Olaf made a sketch of what he could see by the light of the full moon: an enormous black body wider than five viking longships placed end to end, and taller than any castle he'd seen. The body was supported by|
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