The Vikings are here!

Went to visit the Viking Moot at Moesgård today. It’s an annual event taking place the last weekend in July to celebrate the day of St. Olaf. In Århus in the Middle Ages and in the Viking Age this day was a fair day and today the tradition has been revived by modern Viking-groups that gather from far and near to recreate the festive market held in these early days.

For us it has almost become a tradition to go there and watch the battle of the warriors, the horse-show and the many stalls. You could call it a major role playing set-up for grown-ups and families. It´s quite authentic looking with the tent camp, the many stalls and people dressed up as Vikings. At the market stalls there is a lot of fine and interesting items made out of iron, wood, leather, silver, wool, amber, glass, willow, and many other materials. When they´re not fighting and exercising their Icelandic horses, the Vikings appear to be skilled craftsmen. They make their costumes, shoes, tents (!) and other equipment themselves – for themselves and for trading!

As the battlefield as well as the marketplace is situated at the most wonderful green glade surrounded by huge trees and next to the sea you simply can’t think of a better place to go for an outing, and if you haven’t brought your own picnic you can always find some goodies to buy. Meals are cooked over an open fire; it smell and taste fantastic. My absolute favourite is the pancake stall; I simply must go and see (taste) one to call it a day!

Today I found this lovely old lady knitting – or rather needling (is that the right expression?) – a white woollen sock. It was so nice to see her, in her Viking outfit, her hands professionally doing what they have probably been doing hundreds of times during a long life. Calm and persistent she made stitch after stitch with her experienced hands.

About hanne

Mixed media artist working with collage, art-money, artists´ books, ceramics and communication
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