Faith in Odd
Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America. Eric Dregni. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2011. 298 pages, hardbound. $22.95. www.upress.umn.edu.
Eric Dregni is quickly becoming the primary authority on all things quirky about Minnesota. With books like his recently released Vikings in the Attic, as well as previous works such as Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes and Midwest Marvels: Roadside Attractions in Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin, Dregni is now the “go to guy” on Minnesota quaint.
Like his previous books, Vikings is an amusing way to learn about the Land of 10,000 Lakes. It is best read in multiple sittings, not in a lump sum. The vignettes include redundancies, since many stories recur in various forms. For example, the many stories (legends?) of Viking landings in the new world often include a reiteration of the runestone saga.
Still, anyone with a collection of lakeside restaurant postcards or a basement full of neon Hamms signs will want to spend time with this fun read.