The trefoil fibula ✨ 23

The trefoil fibula is a brooch that is typical of the Viking Age, and has been found in various designs in a relatively large number of graves in different parts of Scandinavia as well as in other European countries.

This particular one is based on a very well preserved find from a womans grave in Traby, Buskerud, and is adorned with a Borre-style pattern. The original was in bronze and somewhat larger (8 cm).

The fibula was worn at the centre of the chest, and had a pin on the back used to fasten coats or other garments.

Another addition to my raven's nest of historical jewellery. ^^

Linen dress and fibula:

Music: Myrkur - Två konungabarn

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Einmánuðr - last month of winter 21

Yesterday was the first day of spring, but according to the Old Icelandic calendar, we have now just entered the last winter month, Einmánuðr. The weather is unpredictable, snow, rain, sun, frost, helter-skelter, but the earth is thawing and I can feel spring approaching—before we know it will be time to greet summer in one of the main feasts of the year.

Photography and editing:

Music: Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik - Hugsjá

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Viking event in Nygårdsparken 17

A youth club in our city is arranging a small viking event in a public park by the city centre of Bergen this weekend, and of course we had to visit and take a look. :) Temperatures were freezing, but the sun was shining and we had a lovely day outside wearing many layers of wool.

It felt great to have such an early taste of the Viking market season, and I am looking forward to summertime more than ever!

Music: Emian - Rebys

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A lovely snowy winter ☀️⛷ 4

We've had a great winter this year, and the weather has been especially lovely lately, sunny and cold. ^^ Christian and I had a wonderful time skiing at Voss with friends this weekend, one and a half hour from home. No Viking garb this time though, although I have been thinking of getting wooden perhaps next year?

The super Norwegian jacket I'm wearing above is what I guess we could call vintage, I have some great childhood winter memories of my parent's wearing these jackets when skiing when we lived further up north where the winters were always snowy.

The famous "Voss water" is actually not from Voss, but they do have a lot of good beer :)

I fear I may be a bit stiff at work tomorrow—they say Norwegians are born with skis on their feet, but I had a few falls in the slopes today (bear in mind that I am only half Norwegian)!

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Skartgripur ✨ 25

Skartgripur, is an Icelandic word formed by the Old Norse "skart"
(adornment, jewelry) and "gripr" (precious item).

I wanted to show off this wonderful handmade torc that was given to me for Yule! Torcs, or neck rings, have been used in many different cultures and styles for thousands of years and were also common in the Viking Age.

The original on which it is roughly based was actually an armring, twisted in silver threads with gilded animal heads dated to the Viking Age, found in Gotland, Sweden, where several armrings of this type have been found (More info & original photo by Ny Björn Gustafsson).

Ps. The fur in these photos was another gift, it is not farmed but a wild red fox hunted in Norway. Red foxes are hunted here to control the stock and maintain species diversity, but while hunters often throw away the skins because they are time consuming to prepare and don't sell well, this one is put to good use and keeps me very warm during reenactment events. ^^


Music: Danheim - Nóatún

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Viking market calendar - 2018 13

Happy new year dear followers! Til árs ok friðar!

A new year means that it's time for my annual overview of Viking and Medieval events in Scandinavia. :-) You'll find a link to each event that provides more information. It's still early so some dates have not been set yet (TBA), and some markets are biennial and/or will not be arranged this year (N/A). The list will be updated continuously, at this permalink.

If your market or event is not listed, please let me know and I'll make sure to add it!

09-11.02 Re Middelalderdager / Re Medieval Festival (NO)
23-25.02 Vinterviking / "Winter viking" seminar (NO)
17-18.03 Vikinglandsby i Nygårdsparken / Viking village at Nygårdsparken (NO)
14-15.05 Medeltidsmarknad i Kungsträdgården / Medieval Market at Kungsträdgården (SE)
30.04-01.05 Alsnu vikingadagar / Alsnu Viking Days (SE)
30.04-06.05 Ribe Vikingemarked / Ribe Viking Market (DK)
01.05-30.09 Njardarheimr, Gudvangen Viking Village (NO)
05-06.05 Ale Vikingamarknad / Ale Viking Market (SE)
11-12.05 Rikstornering og marknad på Hovdala slott / Jousting Tournament at Hovdala Castle (SE)
18-21.05 Københavns Middelaldermarked / Copenhagen Medieval Market (DK)
18-20.05 Sigdal Viking-Middelaldermarked / Sigdal Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
19-20.05 Lekvattnets Medeltidsmarknad (Karmenkynna) / Lekvattnets Medieval Market (SE)
19-20.05 Runrikets Dag, Täby / The Rune Kingdom's Day (SE)
19-20.05 Tyresö medeltidsdagar / Tyresö Medieval Days (SE)
19-20.05 Vetlanda Vikingamarknad (Emådalens Vikingar) / Vikingmarket in Vetlanda (SE)
25-27.05 Gärdsjöspelen / Gärdsjöspelen (SE)
25-27.05 Oslo Middelalderfestival / Oslo Medieval Festival (NO)
25-27.05 Vikingtinget på Tingvatn (Agder Vikinglag) / Vikingting at Tingvatn (NO)
26-27.05 Ekenäs Riddarspel og Historiska Marknad / Knights tournament at Ekenäs castle (SE)
26-27.05 Vikingmarked på Leikvin (Møre frie Vikingar) / Viking Market at Leikvin (NO)
27-29.05 Middelalder Majmarked / Medieval May Market (DK)
N/A Leksands Medeltidsmarknad / Leksand Medieval Market (SE)
01-03.06 Bjørgvin Marknad, Viking og Middelalderfestival / Bjørgvin Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
01-03.06 Tønsberg Middelalderfestival / Tønsberg Medieval Festival (NO)
02-03.06 Lödöse Medeltidsdagar / Lödöse Medieval Days (SE)
02-03.06 Smedenes Vikingemarked / Market of Blacksmiths at Kysing Strand (DK)
02-03.06 Sunnmøre Middelalderfestival / Sunnmøre Medieval Festival (NO)
07-10.06 Karmøy Vikingfestival / Karmøy Viking Market (NO)
08-10.06 Hamar Middelalderfestival / Hamar Medieval Festival (NO)
09-10.06 Arvika Medeltidsmarknad / Arvika Medieval Market (SE)
14-17.06 Hafnarfjördur Víkingahátíð / Hafnarfjördur Viking Festival (IS)
15-17.06 Hafrsfjordkaupangen / Hafrsfjord Viking Market (NO)
15-17.06 Store Nes Viking og Middelalder Marked / Store Nes Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
16-17.06 Esrum Middelalderdage / Esrum Medieval Days (DK)
22-24.06 Frederikssund Vikingemarked Frederikssund Viking Market (DK)
22-24.06 Trondheim Vikingmarked / Trondheim Viking Market (NO)
23-24.06 Vikingemarkedet på Lindholm Høje / Viking Market at Lindholm Høje (DK)
25.06-01.07 Fotevikens vikingamarknad / Fotevikens Vikingmarket (SE)
27.06-01.07 I Förfäders Spår, for deltakere / Ancestors' Footsteps, history event, for reenactors (SE)
30.06-01.07 I Förfäders Spår, Vikingatida Marknad / I Förfäders Spår, Viking Market (SE)
30.06-01.07 Medeltidsdagar på Varbergs fästning / Medieval Days at Varberg Fortress (SE)
30.06-01.07 Silvergruvans Medeltidsdagar / Silvergruvans Medieval Days (SE)
30.06-01.07 Tuna Ting Medeltidsmarknad, Börlange (Södra Dalarnas Medeltidsförening) / Tuna Ting Medieval Market, Börlange (SE)
TBA Medeltidsdagarna i Lund / Medieval Festival in Lund (SE)
TBA Vikingemarked på Doverodde / Viking Market at Doverodde (DK)
N/A Ramme Vikingemarked / Ramme Viking Market (DK)
06-08.07 Borre Vikingmarked / Borre Viking Market (NO)
06-08.07 Slaget om Trelleborgen / Battle of Trelleborgen (SE)
06-08.07 Vikingafestival i Stallarholmen / Stallarholmen Viking Festival (SE)
06-08.07 Wadköping Medeltidsmarknad / Wadköping Medieval Festival (SE)
07-08.07 Fyrkat Vikingemarked / Fyrkat Viking Market (DK)
07-08.07 Jels vikingespil og marked / Jels Viking Play and Market (DK)
07-08.07 Vikingemarkedet ved Højene i Jelling / Viking Market at Højene (DK)
07-15.07 Hova Riddarvecka / Hova Kinghts' Week (SE)
08.07 Medeltidsdagen vid Hunehals Borg / Medieval Day at Hunehals Borg (SE)
09-16.07 Bronseplassen Vikingmarked (Agder Vikinglag) / Bronseplassen Viking Market (NO)
09.07-05.08 Vikingar på Birka / Vikings at Birka (SE)
14-15.07 Fröja Thing Vikingamarknad / Fröja Thing Viking Market (SE)
14-22.07 Trelleborg Vikingefestival / Trelleborg Viking Festival (DK)
16-21.07 Bornholms Middelaldertræf / Bornholm Medieval Meeting (DK)
17-22.07 Gudvangen Vikingmarked / Gudvangen Viking Market (NO)
20-22.07 Medeltidsdagarna, Torpa Stenhus / Medieval Days, Torpa Stenhus (SE)
20-22.07 Sarpsborg Vikingfestival / Sarpsborg Viking Festival (NO)
23-29.07 Olsokdagene på Stiklestad / The Saint Olav festival at Stiklestad (NO)
25-29.07 Stiklastadirmarkedet / Stiklastadir Historical Market (NO)
25-29.07 Orø Vikingemarked / Orø Viking Market (DK)
26-28.07 Vikingamarknaden i Saltvik (Fornföreningen Fibula) / Viking Market in Saltvik (SE)
28-29.07 Moesgård Vikingetræf / The Viking Moot at Moesgård (DK)
28-29.07 Värmlands Vikingating / Värmland Viking Thing (SE)
TBA Ingólfshátíð / Viking festival of Reykjavík (IS)
TBA Medeltidsdagar på Hägnan (Luleå) / Medieval Days at Hägnan in Luleå (SE)
TBA Medeltidsdagen, Forsa Socken / Medieval Day, Forsa parish (SE)
TBA Medeltidsspelen i Medeltidsbyn Primus Vicus / Medieval Games, in the Village of Primus Vicus (SE)
TBA Middelalderuka i Numedal / Medieval week in Numedal (NO)
TBA Rets-ting og Vikingemarked, Sagnlandet Lejre / Ting and Viking Market at Højene (DK)
TBA Skellefteås Medeltidsdagar på Kyrkholmen / Skellefteås Medieval Days (SE)
TBA Storholmen Vikingaby Familjefestival / Storholmen Viking Village Family Festival (SE)
TBA Ulvsborg ridderfestival / Ulvsborg Knight's Festival (DK)
N/A Vikingfestivalen på Egge / Viking festival at Egge (NO)
03-05.08 Háleyg Vikingmarked, Saltstraumen (Boðvin Viking) / Háleyg Viking Market at Saltstraumen (NO)
03-05.08 Hornbore Ting / Hornbore Ting (SE)
04-05.08 Vikingemarked i Hobro (Sildehagen) / Viking Market in Hobro (Sildehagen) (SE)
05-12.08 Medeltidsveckan på Gotland / Medieval Week at Gotland (SE)
08-12.08 Lofotr Vikingfestival / Lofotr Viking Festival (NO)
10-12.08 Viking og Mellomalderdager på Lygra / Viking and Middle Age Days at Lygra (NO)
10-12.08 Møystadssaga vikingtreff / Møystadssaga Viking Meeting (NO)
11-12.08 Bork Vikingemarked / Bork Viking Market (DK)
16-18.08 Midgardsblot metalfestival / Midgardsblot Metal Festival (includes a viking market area) (NO)
24-25.08 Europæisk Middelalder Festival, Horsens / European Medieval Festival, Horsens (DK)
24-26.08 Jämtlands Vikinga Dagar / Jämtlands Viking Days (SE)
26.08 Barnens Arkeologidag, Storholmen Vikingaby / The Children’s Viking Day, Storholmen Viking Village (SE)
30.08-01.09 Söderköpings Gästabud, Medeltida marknad / Söderköpings Gästabud, Medieval market (SE)
TBA Arboga Medeltidsdagar / Arboga Medieval Days (SE)
TBA Askøy Vikinglag Marknad / Askøy Viking Market (NO)
TBA Festningsdagene (gamle Bergenhusdagene) / Medieval Days at Bergenhus Fortress (NO)
TBA Hove Vikingmarked (Agder Vikinglag) / Hove Viking Market (NO)
TBA Landa park vikingfestival, Forsand / Vikingfestival at Landa Park in Forsand (NO)
TBA Lionga Ting Vikingamarknad / Lionga Thing Viking Market (SE)
TBA Nivlheim vikingmarked / Nivlheim Viking Market (NO)
TBA Norrtälje Historiska dagar / Norrtälje Historical Days (SE)
TBA Vikinge marked ved Kællinghøl, Bjerringbro / Kællinghøl Viking Market (DK)
TBA Vikingemarked i Sebbersund / Viking Market in Sebbersund (DK)
TBA Yddir Vikingmarked / Yddir Viking Market (NO)
TBA Yddir Vikingtreff / Yddir Viking Meeting (NO)
01-02.09 Gjallarstadir Vikingmarked Lillestrøm / Gjallarstadir Viking Market (NO)
01-02.09 Nordfyns Vikingemarked / Nordfyns Viking Market (DK)
07-09.09 Tønsberg Vikingfestival / Tønsberg Viking Festival (NO)
08-09.09 Hvolris Marked / Hvolris Market (DK)
TBA Gudahagens Vikingamarknad / Gudahagens Viking Market (SE)
TBA Ishøj Vikingemarked / Ishøj Viking Market (DK)
TBA Vikingatida Höstmarknad, Gunnes Gård / Vikingage Autumn Market, Gunnes Farm (SE)
TBA Tissø Vikingemarked / Tissø Viking Market (DK)
TBA Hedensk Julemarked, Korsør / Heathen Winter- and Yule Market, Korsør (DK)
TBA Ale Julmarknad / Ale Yule Market (SE)
TBA Frederikssund Lysfest og Vintermarked / Frederikssund Winter Market (DK)
TBA Julmarknad i Medeltidsbyn Primus Vicus / Yule market, in the Village of Primus Vicus (SE)
TBA Medeltida jul på Gotland / Medieval Yule at Gotland (SE)
TBA Vintersolhvervsfest på Fyrkat / Midwinter celebration at Fyrkat (DK)

I am so excited about the upcoming market season and looking forward to this year's new adventures! Perhaps I will be seeing you at some of them this year?

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Music: Moonsorrow - Tuulen Tytär including Soturin Tie

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