This page is presented to help members get a
quick start on learning about the Viking age. There are many other
sources of information on the web but these are considered to be the
most reliable. As your knowledge base builds, you will learn to discern
the authenticity based sources from those based on fantasy. Though this
hobby of reenacting is often called "interpretive" or "experimental"
archeology, it is an art, not a science.
Clicking on the list item jumps you to the subject.
Basic Kit Authenticity:
Skills Training: Persona Development...
Modern Rebated Steel Combat:
Armour, History and Construction:
Viking Age Cooking:
Saxon Geteld - from Ydalir Vikings of the VUK
Panther Primitives Viking "A" frame, Norman-Saxon and Getelt tents.
Painting Your Tent- on Dragonwing
SCA. Normally it's not recommended to paint designs on Viking age tents
but there is good information is useful for special exceptions.
Viking Age Art Styles:
Viking Art Styles
The sophistication and delicacy of Viking art presents a striking
contrast with the stereotype of the rude and restless barbarian. - by Archaeology in Europe Archaeology in Europe
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, 500–1000 a.d.
It is customary to divide the sequence of Norse art into six successive
styles. A particular style lasted for a period of time, but was not
immediately replaced by a new style. Rather, the two styles coexisted
for a period of time. It's remarkable how quickly new styles overspread
the entire Norse sphere of influence. Clearly, communications between
the various parts of the Viking world was excellent, and new artistic
styles were carried from place to place and were readily adopted.
Working Bone and Horn:
Viking Age Metal Work:
Mythology, Beliefs of the Viking age:
Further Resource Pages:
Recommended Merchants and Supplies:
Though we do recommend these merchants we cannot always endorse their
wares, and it is the responsibility of each person to ensure quality
and accuracy of their purchases. PLEASE get advice, ESPECIALLY if you
are choosing to go off from the recommended items listed here.
Swords, Axes, Spears:
Mad Matt's Armory - Bosses Better (Do not buy the stainless!)
Viking Shield - Center Bosses Recommended for most fighters (Still, do not buy the stainless!)
Manning Imperial - Shield bosses Best, heavy and strong. Long wait on delivery.
Viking Age Clothing:
Historic Enterprise Men's Dark Ages Clothing: Women's Dark Ages Clothing: developed in consultation with the Authenticity officers for Regia Anglorum in the US and the UK, and The Vikings in the USA.
Bohemond Bootmaker & Cordwainer: Handmade leather boots, shoes, and footwear for living history groups, and historical reenactment groups including Viking age.
-Viking Toggle Shoe (M&F)
-Jorvik Shoe (M&F)
-Hedeby Shoe (M&F)
-Anglo Scandinavian Shoe (M&F)
-Vlaardingen Shoe (For women)
Jewelry, belt ends, buckles, etc.:
Bronzehammer! - Viking age bronzes, jewelry. High quality work.
Raymond's Quiet Press - Brooches, pennanullars, cloak clasps, belt buckles, stiffeners, and tips, spurs, crosses, Thor's
hammers, pendants, hip belts, helm brasses and drinking horns.
Mercia Sveiter - Large assortment of Bronze. Silver and Gold plate items. Museum quality.
Thorthor's Hammer - Reproductions of historical antiquities ranging from the Early Celtic to the Medieval periods.
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