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”

Myths – In the beginning

Far back in time, before history, before the world even existed, there was nothing but a vast yawning abyss, Ginungagap.  To the North the abyss was bitterly cold, here there grew ice and fog, where the cold gathered we call Niflheim.  Within the ice glaciers stirred and icy water flowed, the source of these watersContinue reading “Myths – In the beginning”

Re-enactment and Me – Lisa’s story

Re-Enactment and Me…………. So, you may have recently been to an event and seen some Vikings living in a camp settlement setting or watched a bunch of nutters putting a display and you are now thinking WOW all seems like fun and wondering how and why people get involved. I wanted to share how itContinue reading “Re-enactment and Me – Lisa’s story”

Eat like a Viking – bread

Most of the remains of bread that have been found by archaelogists is flat bread, baked on a stone or a shard of pottery over a fire. However there are references to the more wealthy homes baking fermented bread in an oven. It seems likely that this would be something like a modern sourdough. AtContinue reading “Eat like a Viking – bread”

Viking Runes

Viking Runes There are a lot of misconceptions about runes and how they were used by the Vikings, this short guide aims to provide a simple introduction to where they came from and how they were used What are Runes? The Runes are the characters of an ancient writing system, equivalent to our modern alphabet. The firstContinue reading “Viking Runes”