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Is the form: vigings' history/legend correct? Or the only way to show the possession in these cases is with the the of form? More examples would be: germans' ..., austrians' ... etc.

marked as duplicate by Jon Hanna, David, Cascabel, aparente001, AndyT Jul 26 '17 at 11:05

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  • No, this question is not a duplicate of that question.   That question is entirely about whether it is correct to use a possessive form of an inanimate object (e.g., “the car’s antenna” or “the laptop’s display”), because objects can’t own things.   I’m not really sure what this question is about, but it’s clearly not the same, as it is talking about using a possessive for a group of people. – Scott Jul 24 '17 at 20:52

I guess you mean "the Vikings' history"?

It's perfectly grammatical, but a bit unusual. In a formal paper, you'd be more likely to find "the history of the Vikings", but in a magazine article, for example, you might find "the Vikings' history", as it has a less formal tone. But even in that context, "the history of the Vikings" and indeed "Viking history" are at least as likely.

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