How did the Vikings earn a living?

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How did the Vikings earn a living?

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Throughout their territories, from Scandinavia to North America, Viking daily life revolved around tending to their herds of animals, especially cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. Some crops were grown, such as peas and cabbage, but most crops were used to feed the animals. Vikings also forged their own iron from local iron sources, and there were specialized blacksmiths as well as other craftsman such as wood carvers. Surpluses of these goods were often traded with neighbors.