Image of the Vikings
Last night I arrived at my sister's house in Seattle in time for her boyfriend's annual Winter solstice party. One attendee was a very pretty, friendly, talkative, 25 year old named Amy. She was fascinated by the fact that I had just arrived from Iceland, and this led to lots of questions.
Her impression when I said the word "Vikings" was that I was talking about cavemen. I tried to explain the historical time frame better, but she was on a roll. "Yeah, a friend of mine was telling me the other night, that those Vikings did not wait for anything. If they saw a woman they liked, they just raped her."
I think I might in the future just say I specialize in medieval Icelandic literature.