Call Me Haldur

Yesterday we went to Viking Days at the Nordic Heritage Museum. It’s a celebration of all things Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Icelandic. Plus, Vikings!

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We spent time gazing at the LEGO Valhalla inside the museum for a moment, and ate hot fresh Aebleskivers (aka “pancake balls”) outside (Brian observed the cooks carefully to see how they managed to make them so fluffy, so we can try it at home).

But the real stars of the show were the historical SCA people and their Viking encampment. There were so many handicrafts to try!

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Weaving
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Blacksmithing
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Wooden peg-making. There was also flax-crushing, but I didn’t get a photo of that one.

So much armor to try on!

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He’s wearing 35 lbs. of chain mail behind that shield. The sword is the one we bought for him at the Shakespeare festival last year. He got a lot of compliments on it! 

So many glorious, glorious victories to be won on the battlefield!

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Posing like this was Jeff’s idea.

We haven’t been to Viking Days since the summer we moved here (2012). I’ve wanted to go again since, but the memory of attending the first time was associated in my mind with the disorientation and loneliness that accompanies a relocation, so I hadn’t made a big effort to make it happen. I’m glad I made it a priority this year.

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Jeff did his darnedest to smile instead of giving me History Face.

Jeffrey is now begging me to make him a Viking costume for Halloween. I’m already gleefully reading many internet articles about tunic construction, huzzah!

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Think I can copy these tunic ideas? Hmmm.

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