Saturday, 10 June 2017

Brom meets the Vikings

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Here I am again to tell you of our day today. And to start with: everybody was feeling good! Which is very important of course. Especially since today we would visit the Vikings. In their own home. Because wouldn't you know it, Mara actually lives quite close to the Home of the first King of Norway! I think. 

He had nice hair and wanted to marry, but the girl said he needed to be as rich and powerful as some Viking who lived in Denmark and then Harald (that was his name you see: Harald Hårfagre or Fairhair) went off and conquered a lot of other people in Norway, not cutting his hair once and then he went back and they got married. I don't think it was true love, but it's a nice story.

Now, the place where he used to live is an island just off the coast of the island of Karmøy (where Mara used to live before as well) called Bukkøy. They have found lots of things in the area: bracelets and tools and ships and all sorts. And they rebuilt a sort of Viking village there again, which was where the festival was held. 

There were people selling wooden swords and shields, leather shoes, felt mice, raven claws and fox furs (yes, real ones), mugs, jugs and a lot of other things. We could listen to stories (in Norwegian though and Gera doesn't understand), fight (really) and eat. We saw a show of three idiots (they were professional idiots, they told us so themselves) which was really funny, we walked through mud and we enjoyed the nice day. 

The three professional idiots from Sweden
When we were finished there, we went to the Viking museum which was really nice as well. There we learned a bit more about the history of the Vikings and even a bit of what happened after. It turns out that Avaldsnes not only was the Home of the Vikings, it was also the first place the Hansa established a base in Norway! 

I was only a tiny bit scared. Really...
We all had a lovely day and I really enjoyed seeing all those Vikings...

15 comments:

  1. Hari OM
    Crikey Brom - that bloke looks like he means business with that axe!!! As you are here telling us about it though, I guess you survived the encounter. What a delightful outing. Hugs and growlies, YAM-aunty xxx

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    1. He really did look like it, but he was quite nice really. He put on the helmet especially and it was heavy: 4 kg and the chain link shirt was about 16 kg!! He must have been really tired at the end of the day.

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    2. ...yes I have always wondered at the strength and stamina of the ancient warriors when one learns of the weight they must carry to protect themselves! Yxx

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    3. He told us he once wore it the whole day and at the end he couldn't lift his arms anymore.

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  2. How interesting. We never heard much about vikings before!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. I will show some more tomorrow!

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  3. Wow Brom, that's a great Viking costume!

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    1. Thank you very much! Mara made it herself.

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  4. Crikey Brom ...... that sure was interesting but are you ok?? That bloke looked real scary to me too. He didn't hurt you did he??

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    1. He didn't hurt me, he was actually quite nice. But when he pulled out that axe...

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  5. That sounds like a very fun day indeed! Wish we were there too! We love to learn about the Vikings because we are likely related to them. Dad has been working on that in his ancestry research.

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    1. Well, if your family originally hailed from Scandinavia, changes are you do have Viking ancestry.

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  6. Well, Brom, you are the best looking Viking of all.

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  7. Glad to hear everyone was feeling well. Looks like a fun time!

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