BE A VIKING
conditions that forced them to go and look for something better.
I became involved in Viking reenactments when I was visiting my wife at work. We re-enact battles and also do living history – sometimes we just get on with everyday things, such as making things. The re-enactments are a hobby. In my day job I’m a landscape gardener.
A change comes over me when I put on my Viking costume. You feel and act instantly like a Viking. I also feel a lot more confident. It’s an escape from work and daily life as well. My wife and I also renewed our vows in a Viking ceremony outdoors.
I’m currently building a Viking boat which we will burn tonight for the Largs Viking Festival. The festival is part of educating people about Vikings. Everybody thinks they were bad people, but they weren’t really. Has any culture invaded more countries than Britain?
I started learning more about Vikings when I got a job at the Vikingar centre, What intrigued me more than anything was the mythological side of it – the sagas and the gods, Odin and Thor.
I also do rune reading – every culture has its own interpretation, but Vikings used ancient Germanic symbols. The stones act as a guide – they guide you on the right path in life. They can also be carried as talisman and lucky charms – warriors would take certain runes into battle with them for good luck.
When I started working at Vikingar we got to know the reenacters and we are now members of the group Swords of Dalriada. I did have a go at battles, but fell flat on my backside. Some women do take part – Viking female warriors were traditionally unmarried daughters.
The role I play is the seeress, the wise woman. She would be the one people from the village would