Wintersnight

This time of year we would usually be getting organised for Wintersnight feast. The Viking’s didn’t think of seasons the way that we do, for them it was simply Summer or Winter.  Summer was the easier part of the year, there was plenty of food to be had, travel was easy, there was plenty ofContinue reading “Wintersnight”

Longbow Making

Since archery is one of the few bits of training that it has been possible to do while socially distancing we’ve been doing a fair bit of it this year – and after spending a fabulous day making ash longbows yesterday that is definitely going to continue even after covid-19 is just a memory. I’dContinue reading “Longbow Making”

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”

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”