Bjørgvin Viking & Medieval Market 2018 🌳🍃 10


Last weekend it was finally time for the most beautiful adventure of the summer, Bjørgvin Viking market right here in my home town :) The weather in Bergen has been really sunny and warm for the last month, and the historical grounds of the Hordamuseum were all green and luscious as always.








The dry weather has led to a complete fire ban in the area, as even a small spark could be enough to start a forest fire. It felt a bit strange to have a whole market without the smell of bonfires and evenings sitting around the fire, but we were difinitely never cold (quite the opposite)! Luckily we could cool down by wading in the ocean and relaxing in the shade... ^^






My beautiful friend Viola came visiting with her two (soon to be three) little Vikings :)



Strolling around the various market booths (so many temptations)...




















The Danish group Virelai were also back, playing their cheerful tunes...







Enjoying refreshments from "Saladin's souk"...




Saturday night feast!




And before we knew it, it was Sunday morning and time to get up and out before risking to melt inside our sun-scorched tents :) Here we have LC waiting for food, in one of his usual funny sitting-positions.







Our next market will be Hafrsfjordkaupangen in Møllebukta in the upcoming weekend, so stay tuned for more lovely Viking market feels! 🍃

Music: Pyrolysis - Drowsytail Apron

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Another aprondress (and shoes!) 🍃 19


I've made a new addition to my Viking wardrobe, a hand-stitched reconstruction of the Heiðabý (Haithabu) aprondress.

While most of my Viking wardrobe consists of greens and browns, this time I went for blue, the color of our group Folkvangr.



The fabric is a wonderful diamond twill wool, weaved in blue/dark grey yarn. According to interpretations of the original fragments, it has a tailored cut fitted to my figure and widened from the waist down, and consists of three panels (one in the front and two joining at the back), with round shoulder loops for attaching the dress at the front.



The original fragments of the Heiðabýr (Haithabu) aprondress are dated to the 10th century, and were dyed in brown using walnut. The largest piece (H14A) is approx. 30 cm long and believed to be from the upper part of the backside of the dress, and shows remains of a decorative dart running down the side of the back, decorated with a 6-strand braid in red and yellow. Traces of the dart are also visible on the smaller fragment (H14B) which is believed to have been positioned a bit further down on the back. Also, the felted area seen on the larger fragment indicates that the dress was worn with a belt.



(Illustrations by Inga Hägg, 1984)


My reconstruction is embellished with two decorative darts running down the back, decorated with 6-strand braids in grey and blue. While it is not known how far down they extended on the original dress, I chose to make mine run from the back and all the way down the hem of the skirt.



The dress is sewn with spælsau wool thread, which I waxed beforehand for extra strength. The panels are joined together using backstitch after which the seams are folded to each side and overcast, creating three parallel lines of seam.



The blue 100% linen underdress I'm wearing underneath was sponsored by Klesarven, and has square underarm gussets, side gores, and a keyhole neckline. The dress is based on fragments found in Birka, and the neckline is consistent with fragments found in grave 60A, which was also dyed in blue.



I've also recently bought these new Oseberg leather boots, as my old hand-sewn ones have been falling apart after four years of good use. I had made a habit of leaving them outside of Lars Christians tent (our groups shoemaker) in the night during Viking markets, and waking up with all the holes being magically mended... ^^ But I had started feeling sorry for the poor guy, who simply couldn't stand to look at my old moribund shoes without taking pity on them!



The new ones are also based on the boots from the Oseberg-ship, but have a firmer sole made of hardened leather.

I'm happy to have managed to get this in place in due time for my first Viking market of the summer (tradition dictates that I sit up all night for a few days before the season starts making last minute garments). But I like the feeling! Ready for this summers' markets, and to spend time with the best of friends—living, sleeping, cooking and eating under the open summer sky... ♥

References and further reading:
  • Hilde Thunen's website provides a wealth of information if you would like to read more about the evidence and interpretations for recreations of the underdress, or the aprondress from Haithabu harbor.
  • Kristine Risberg's website includes a very good step by step tutorial describing her reconstruction of the Heiðabý aprondress.
  • Charlotte Blindheim's article describes and discusses the shoe findings from the Oseberg ship, pp. 71-86 (English abstract on page 85).
Music: Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik - Ni Mødre av Sol

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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 Tranby, 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: Klesarven.no

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: Valkyrja.com

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 skis...so 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. ^^



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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!

February        
09-11.02 Re Middelalderdager / Re Medieval Festival (NO)
23-25.02 Vinterviking / "Winter viking" seminar (NO)
 
March
17-18.03 Vikinglandsby i Nygårdsparken / Viking village at Nygårdsparken (NO)
 
April
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)
 
May
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)
10-13.05 Vikingernes forårstræf, Ulvsborg / Vikings' spring meeting, Ulvsborg (DK)
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)
 
June
01-03.06 Bjørgvin Marknad, Viking og Middelalderfestival / Bjørgvin Viking and Medieval Market (NO)
01-03.06 Leksands Medeltidsmarknad / Leksand Medieval Market (SE)
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)
 
July
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)
09-13.07 Rets-ting og Vikingemarked, Sagnlandet Lejre / Ting and Viking Market at Højene (DK)
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)
16.07-03.08 Storholmen Vikingaby Familjefestival / Storholmen Viking Village Family Festival (SE)
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)
21-29.07 Middelalderuka i Numedal / Medieval week in Numedal (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 Medeltidsspelen i Medeltidsbyn Primus Vicus / Medieval Games, in the Village of Primus Vicus (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 Medeltidsdagen, Forsa Socken / Medieval Day, Forsa parish (SE)
TBA Skellefteås Medeltidsdagar på Kyrkholmen / Skellefteås Medieval Days (SE)
N/A Medeltidsdagar på Hägnan (Luleå) / Medieval Days at Hägnan in Luleå (SE)
N/A Vikingfestivalen på Egge / Viking festival at Egge (NO)
 
August
03-05.08 Boðvin Vikingmarked, Saltstraumen (Boðvin Viking) / Boðvin 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 Arboga Medeltidsdagar / Arboga Medieval Days (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)
17-19.08 Ringsted Middelalderfestival / Ringsted Medieval festival (DK)
18-19.08 Vikinge marked ved Kællinghøl, Bjerringbro / Kællinghøl Viking Market (DK)
18-19.08 Vikingemarked i Sebbersund / Viking Market in Sebbersund (DK)
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)
31.08-02.09 Vikingatida Höstmarknad, Gunnes Gård / Vikingage Autumn Market, Gunnes Farm (SE)
TBA Askøy Vikinglag Marknad / Askøy Viking Market (NO)
TBA Festningsdagene (gamle Bergenhusdagene) / Medieval Days at Bergenhus Fortress (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 Yddir Vikingmarked / Yddir Viking Market (NO)
TBA Yddir Vikingtreff / Yddir Viking Meeting (NO)
N/A Hove Vikingmarked (Agder Vikinglag) / Hove Viking Market (NO)
 
September
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)
15-16.09 Gudahagens Vikingamarknad / Gudahagens Viking Market (SE)
TBA Ishøj Vikingemarked / Ishøj Viking Market (DK)
 
October
06-07.10 Tissø Vikingemarked / Tissø Viking Market (DK)
 
November
10.11 Hedensk Vinter- og Julemarked, Korsør / Heathen Winter- and Yule Market, Korsør (DK)
 
December
15.12 Frederikssund Lysfest og Vintermarked / Frederikssund Winter Market (DK)
TBA Ale Julmarknad / Ale Yule Market (SE)
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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