Orm describes a Viking longship and explains what life was like on board. Long, sleek and fast longships were designed to travel up narrow rivers and held up to 120 men. On the prow was the head of a fierce creature to frighten the spirits of the land that the Vikings were raiding. Orm describes the Vikings' food, sleeping arrangements and how they steered the ship by sun, stars and knowledge passed on by earlier raiders.
Children could write a diary as a day in the life of a Viking sailing on the sea. Using the information shown, children could try to show how they would feel about their longship and who they are sharing it with. How would they feel raiding towns and villages for food and water? They could create their own 'Longship For Sale' leaflet, ensuring they include features which would be important to a Viking.