The Importance of Sheep

I was watching a TV programme about the Vikings the other day and it spent a lot of time talking about how impressive the Viking ships were, the amazing woodworking skills and the amount of work that went in to building the boat. All fascinating stuff. There are dozens of pages on the internet andContinue reading “The Importance of Sheep”

Shiltron of Fortriu

It’s not only Vikings we get to have fun with at Re-enactment events. We often find ourselves fighting alongside Picts too. Shiltron of Fortriu are a fabulous bunch of people, very knowledgable about all things Pictish and very distinctive on the battlefield with their H shaped shields. They are based in Staffordshire but can beContinue reading “Shiltron of Fortriu”

Hodur’s Song

Lament that I listened – To Loki’s teasing words“Honour our beloved brother BalderYou cannot harm him – Hurl the twigPromise to protect him has been won from all things No-one could know – None could BlameFair Frigg fetched oaths from all bar oneToo small to swear – Sweet mistletoeIt’s hardened heart became hates barb GoadedContinue reading “Hodur’s Song”

The Peasant and the Flax – a folktale

Long long ago, way up in the mourntains, a peasant family eeked out a meagre existance, they had a small house and a few sheep which the man would follow all over the mountain while foraging for any fruits, seeds or edible herbs he could find.  He carried with him a small hunting bow andContinue reading “The Peasant and the Flax – a folktale”

The Odins Aett Symbol

I really love how the Odin’s Aett shields stand out when we’re fighting alongside other groups, that flash of blue and green is really distinctive, and looks great, but there is more to it than that, so here’s a brief description of what our group symbol means. We are based in Peterborough which is partContinue reading “The Odins Aett Symbol”

The Mead of Poetry

One of the many pleasures of Viking life was drinking mead, it was used in religious ceremonies and social gatherings. Every king and jarl would have a meadhall where they lived and where they entertained guests.  There are records of new meadhalls being built for royal visits – and even stories of meadhalls being burnedContinue reading “The Mead of Poetry”