What Motivates YOU? Qu’est-ce qui vous motive?

Goals. Its interesting how the term is different in business than in sports. To score a goal in hockey is to successfully get the puck into the net. In business the goal must be accomplished; a goal is an elusive thing that must be defined and worked upon before it can be achieved. A hockey player can assess a shot, avoid or overcome his opponents and make that shot in seconds. Goal. Amp up your business game. Be a player! #larp #battleforbusiness #sportminded #goaloriented #problemsolving #avikingbyhoof #LARPgrosmorne2020

Objectifs. Son intéressant comment le terme est différent dans les affaires que dans le sport. Marquer un but au hockey, c’est réussir à mettre la rondelle dans le filet. En affaires, l’objectif doit être atteint; un objectif est une chose insaisissable qui doit être définie et travaillée avant qu’il puisse être atteint. Un joueur de hockey peut évaluer un tir, éviter ou vaincre ses adversaires et le faire en quelques secondes. Objectif. Amp up votre jeu d’affaires. Soyez un joueur! #larp #résolutiondeproblèmes #sportd’esprit #avikingbyhoof #LARPgrosmorne2020

Giant or Mountain Troll?

Originally when I thought of designing trolls, I thought of tiny, misshapen creatures that seemed to be part of the earth itself. It was a given that they had large noses, hands and feet out of proportion with the rest of their pudgy bodies but other features such as hair was made of grass, moss or tree branches, that their skin could blend in with bark or rock and their clothing was meant to further this camouflage. So I had these ideas, from the beginnings based on illustrations from children’s stories and legends.

Doing some research I found that during great war events, where mountains were bombed, there were large figures that seemed to be a part of the mountains themselves, emerge and run across open fields and forests for cover. These were labelled mountain trolls. Big foot, sasquatch, mountain troll, giant? I hadn’t put trolls in this category before. But the fact that they remain hidden, content to blend, rather than take over, makes them less ominous than ones depicted in stories of their smaller selves.

Giants, on the other hand, were in my mind, always beings on a grand scale, but somehow also not quite human like. I pictured them with fangs, with horns, their hands and toes with claws instead of nails. The use of tree branches for limbs, rocks and grasses for hair and skin seemed a natural choice when drawing design.

Strength and giantism were obvious pairs. Did they eat people? Were ogres giants? Are giant mountain trolls giants? Were they beautiful? That’s where it gets tricky.

Scandinavian gods and goddesses seemed to have taken turns being both enemies and lovers of giants. Their offspring were forced to take sides when there were wars. Odin, Vili and Ve were sons of the giantess Bestla. Thor is son of Odin and the Giantess Jord. We get our idea that Vikings wore horned helmets from Thor’s comment mocking his brother Loki that soon women would be fashioning horns on their heads and wearing beards or men shaving their beards and trimming their horns.

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Was the minotaur a giant? Is Stonehenge the remains of a giant castle? Were the Fomorians of Scotland the last of the Earth’s Giant race? Oh, yes, and how do you define Giant beauty? Let’s put that into perspective. What did the gods look like? The quick answer is “us”. But, when you describe someone especially beautiful, fit, attractive in a hypnotizing way that is beyond humanly possible, you get godlike. So if creatures that were the handsome vampires of the immortal world fell for giants, they surely must have been strikingly beautiful.

Elves and Fairies

Hi, this is Boss Mama and I’m presenting my Elf/Fairy dilemma for you to debate further. LARP season begins in May with our first annual FAIRY FUNDRAISER for the MAKE A WISH foundation. I set the date for MAY 1st, because it is FAIRY DAY, MAY DAY, Belfast, Celebration of Spring, etc. It seemed pertinent to making the event memorable.

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Spring is NOT just for fairies though; winter is NOT only for elves. There are dominant forces from either clan in all seasons. We Midgardians (humans) lately, have leaned towards the feminization of fairies and association of warm temperatures to their presence; whilst elves have been stereotyped as tiny men in striped winter socks who spend their time crafting toys, slaves to a jolly, fat man who drives reindeer.

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I honestly feel we have stolen the traditional clothing style of the Sami people and subjected it to our Christmas “fairy tales” of Santa Claus and his elves. For the Elves of our LARP events, I am going with the more serious, high tech, refined and not so sociable, godlike beings from Odin’s nine realm universe. Players can choose to be Light Elves or Dark Elves and their backstories can be canon or trivial.

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Elves have their own language, which was written in Runic at the time of the Vikings. They also wrote things in their secret Elvish scrawl, that is similar to Hebrew writing. There is a debate about elves and angels. if you’ve read the Bible, you will notice all the angels names end in “el” . Some historians suggest that this is because prior to the Hebrew god Yaweh being worshipped, there was another god named El, who was quite popular for a very long time. As one religion took over from the former, the two merged and sons of El became sons or servants of God. Some folklorists believe that El is short for Elf and that a High Elf was originally worshipped as a god by humanity – the High One is another name for Odin the Allfather or could it be Alf Fadu?. Elf and Alf are often interchanged and Light Elves are from Alfheim.

But whether Buri, was a Light Elf who then married another Light Elf to produce Bor or married a Giant is not clear. Bor is attested to have married a giant named Bestla, who is the mother of Odin, Vili and Ve. So even if our gods were part Elf, they were also part Giant. And since they created humans in their image, it isn’t a stretch that there could be an intermingling of Elf and Midgardian.

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“and the sons of god saw that the daughters of Man were fair and they went down to them and begat children. They were giants in the earth then.” Take Man to be Manheim and the revelation that Giants existed on the planet and that giant women were beautiful enough to seduce Elvish males, Vanir or Angels…depending upon your understanding of the matter.

What of the fairies? Aside from Peter Pan, what do we know of fairies? Nature is linked to their emotions, they have a creative force power that can transform inanimate objects into living beings, they know magic, they are extremely emotional and of course, they have wings. Or do they? History will tell you that names that end in Fae, Fe, or Fer are short for fairy, that certain countries were ruled by fairy folk. The Vanir, or rivals of the Asir had similar features, abilities and also managed to stamp “van” at the beginning of many a last Scandinavian name.

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Could Lucifer be a loose translation of Loki Fairy? That one opens a whole new kettle of fish. Stay with me for a moment, though. Both are smooth talkers, intelligent, attractive, jealous, power hungry, deceitful, change bringers, world destroyers, leaders, sons of god and brothers to a more favoured son….

But that brings us back around to the “are elves and fairies the same thing?” question. So I leave it up to you to decide.

Gingerbread Houses and Mistletoe

As Christmas approaches and people scramble to buy molasses, ginger, sugar and candies for their gingerbread houses, do the images of Hansel and Gretel pop into their minds? Two children with negligent parents, left to fend for themselves in the woods, following breadcrumbs that get eaten by birds….deceived by a delicious home made of candy canes with window panes of sugar glass, being kidnapped and almost eaten by a cannibalistic hermit….do they come to mind. No, but their adorable costumes do – the adorable German Hat and shorts with suspenders, knee socks and handknit sweater for Hansel; Gretal’s smocked dress and knitted stockings, neat braids and crisp white blouse. Society has just blurred over the whole creepy serial killer in the woods aspect of the story and turned it into a scene they like to recreate at Christmas time.

Alors que les gens s’approchent de Noel et que les gens se bousculent pour acheter de la mélasse, du gingembre, du sucre et des bonbons pour leurs maisons en pain d’épice, les images de Hansel et Gretel leur font-elles des idées ? Deux enfants avec des parents négligents, laissés à eux-mêmes dans les bois, à la suite de chapelure qui se font manger par les oiseaux …. trompé par une délicieuse maison faite de cannes à sucre avec des vitres de verre à sucre, d’être enlevé et presque mangé par un ermite cannibale …. viennent-ils à l’esprit. Non, mais leurs adorables costumes le font – l’adorable chapeau allemand et shorts avec bretelles, chaussettes de genou et pull tricoté à la main pour Hansel; Cette robe smockée et ses bas tricotés, ses tresses soignées et son chemisier blanc vif. La société vient de brouiller sur l’ensemble du tueur en série effrayant dans l’aspect bois de l’histoire et l’a transformé en une scène qu’ils aiment recréer au moment de Noel.

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The same I suppose goes for filling the house with poinsettias, decking the halls with boughs of holly and kissing under the mistletoe. These plants are all deadly poisonous. Why are we celebrating the birthday of a Jewish God’s healer son with these items? Well, because Odin, The Allfather – not to be confused with Jesus’s Alfather – had a healer son too. He was a magnificently beautiful both in looks and heart, the Brad Pitt of the gods. This healer was adored by all living things and also the Goddess of Death, Hel. In order to have her man by her side, however, she caused him to die at the hands of one of his one brothers with the poison of the mistletoe. When his father went to rescue his son from her, he was greeted by Hel, who had prepared a great decorative banquet for him with holly boughs and poinsettias.

La même chose, je suppose va pour remplir la maison avec des poinsettias, terrasser les couloirs avec des branches de houx et de baisers sous le gui. Ces plantes sont toutes mortelles toxiques. Pourquoi célébrons-nous l’anniversaire du fils guérisseur d’un Dieu juif avec ces objets ? Eh bien, parce qu’Odin, l’Allfather – à ne pas confondre avec l’Al-Père de Jésus – avait aussi un fils guérisseur. Il était magnifiquement beau à la fois dans les regards et le cœur. Ce guérisseur a été adoré par tous les êtres vivants et aussi la Déesse de la Mort, Hel. Cependant, pour avoir son homme à ses côtés, elle le fit mourir aux mains d’un de ses frères avec le poison du gui. Quand son père est allé sauver son fils d’elle, il a été accueilli par Hel, qui lui avait préparé un grand banquet décoratif avec des branches de houx et des poinsettias.

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Are we celebrating Death’s hold on our beloved Healer King? Are we celebrating the Light being with the Darkness? It is an interesting part of both North American and Northern European culture, particularly if you notice a lot of “Scandinavian Christmas” decorations include golden pears and pale blue items for the table and tree. Could the golden apples of Idun really have been pears? Have we been searching for eternal life and vitality on the wrong fruit tree? And as for the blue, it is not only peaceful like the winter sky, but the color of Baldur’s cross on his shield.

Célébrons-nous l’emprise de la Mort sur notre bien-aimé Roi Guérisseur ? Célébrons-nous l’être de la Lumière avec les Ténèbres ? Il s’agit d’une partie intéressante de la culture nord-américaine et nord-européenne, en particulier si vous remarquez beaucoup de décorations de « Noel scandinave » comprennent des poires dorées et des articles bleu pâle pour la table et l’arbre. Les pommes dorées d’Idun auraient-elles pu vraiment être des poires ? Avons-nous été à la recherche de la vie éternelle et la vitalité sur le mauvais arbre fruitier? Et comme pour le bleu, il n’est pas seulement paisible comme l’hiver, mais la couleur de la croix de Baldur sur son bouclier.

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The Fabricated Newfie/Le Newfie fabriqué

Have you ever watched a science fiction, fairy tale or historical film that just seemed … well…fake? Was it the directing? The acting? Were the props and settings unbelievable? Or was it the costumes?

Avez-vous déjà regardé une science-fiction, conte de fées ou un film historique qui vient de sembler … Bien… Faux? C’était la mise en scène ? Le jeu ? Les accessoires et les réglages étaient-ils incroyables ? Ou était-ce les costumes ?

Remember the horrid Batman movies prior to Dark Knight. I know you probably don’t want to, even some of the actors who starred in them have commented on the ridiculous attire they had to don for their roles. George Clooney’s batsuit above had nipples and fake muscles. It’s almost as thought someone forgot to read the entire Batman back story…he is NOT transformed into a muscular superhero by donning a bat eared mask or being provoked by bad guys. He is THE SAME man he is during daylight, SAME SIZE, SAME ABILITIES. He needs gadgets and expensive automobiles remember?

Rappelez-vous les films horribles Batman avant Dark Knight. Je sais que vous ne voulez probablement pas, même certains des acteurs qui ont joué en eux ont commenté sur la tenue ridicule qu’ils avaient à enfiler pour leurs rôles. La combinaison de George Clooney ci-dessus avait des mamelons et de faux muscles. C’est presque comme pensé que quelqu’un a oublié de lire toute l’histoire de Batman … il n’est pas transformé en super-héros musclé en enfilant un masque à bec de chauve-souris ou en étant provoqué par des méchants. Il est le même homme qu’il est pendant la lumière du jour, SAME SIZE, MÊMES ABILITIES. Il a besoin de gadgets et d’automobiles chères se souvenir?

No, Batman did not gain any credibility in the movie form until Christian Bale and Heath Ledger hit the big screen in The Dark Knight. That costume person was wickedly gifted! Lindy Hemming took time to understand what the director’s vision for the movie was. She interpreted the script and created a Batman and Joker that felt genuine, through the clothes they wore.

Non, Batman n’a pas gagné de crédibilité dans la forme du film jusqu’à ce que Christian Bale et Heath Ledger a frappé l’écran dans The Dark Knight. Cette personne costumée était terriblement douée ! Lindy Hemming a pris le temps de comprendre quelle était la vision du réalisateur pour le film. Elle a interprété le scénario et créé un Batman et Joker qui se sentait authentique, à travers les vêtements qu’ils portaient.

Competition is healthy. It makes us better, stronger, smarter, quicker. It’s only natural for you to want to be THE most awesome looking Viking at our LARP Gros Morne 2020 event. We totally encourage it! In fact, the more time folks take in really developing their characters, their images, their chosen attire and weaponry, the better that photo shoot of you all battling on the beach or on a mountain trail will be.

La concurrence est saine. Cela nous rend meilleurs, plus forts, plus intelligents, plus rapides. Il est naturel pour vous de vouloir être LE Viking à la recherche la plus impressionnante à notre événement LARP Gros Morne 2020. Nous l’encourageons totalement! En fait, plus les gens prennent de temps à vraiment développer leurs personnages, leurs images, leur tenue vestimentaire choisie et l’armement, le mieux que la séance photo de vous tous se battre sur la plage ou sur un sentier de montagne sera.

Indigenous Viking?

As Ancestry keeps reworking their DNA analysis of people to tbe point where tbey are afraid to link potential Native American tribes to people’s profiles out of embarassingly pulling. Beothuk North Carolinian.

I will play devil’s advocate here for a moment. Why couldnt the North Carolinian woman have Beothuk DNA? What if Viking travellers had Beothuk crewmembers aboard who left them to stay in North Carolina?

Love draws people to new places all the time. This or these men/women may have been there long enough to forge relationships, preferred the climate, got along with tribe members of that area and decided not to go back to sea.

What are your theories?

Powerful Fairy Magic/Magie de Fée Puissante

I have changed the contents to reflect the importance of May 2020 FAIRY DAY FUNDRAISER, but you can still contact me via avikingbyhoof@gmail.com about Fairy related products and costumes available. I encourage everyone to try making their own set of wings for our fundraiser, but if you are not creatively inclined, give me a shout. I was named after a fairy princess and dubbed the godmother for a while.

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Fresh Your Looks,Early Summer Special SALES!

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To quote Peter Pan “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do!” The child in all of us believes. Legends tell us that fairies used to be out in the open amongst midgardians (humans). Nowadays when people discover fairies they quickly deny making such claims a short period later. I immediately think of the movie ET and American scientists closing in on the harmless little alien. Why, in 2019 on the verge of 2020, are our fairies in hiding?

Pour citer Peter Pan ” Je crois aux fées, je le fais, je le fais ! ” L’enfant en chacun de nous croit. Les légendes nous disent que les fées étaient à l’air libre parmi les midgardiens (humains). Aujourd’hui, quand les gens découvrent des fées, ils nient rapidement faire de telles revendications une courte période plus tard. Je…

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Spring is just a winter away!

So don’t throw out that Christmas Elf costume! Aviking By Hoof has Business Conference Packages for work teams in the spring. Choose the LARP (duke it out with foam weapons) style of human resource development or the calmer, WORKSHOP approach with lessons in Elvish, Rune Magic, Celtic Knots a Character Hike and game of Viking Chess (Hnefatafl).

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Pre-registration is required and groups get discounts! So once winter has been defeated by the Spring Fairy, gather your team of work mates, family, friends or frenemies and come aviking with us on a grand adventure in western Newfoundland! In the name of business! Because after all, business is war and LARP war is fun! See your team this spring!

Be sure to share! There is a capped number of participants, per three day Business Conference sessions, so register early to get your choice of characters and team slots! Request your business invitation today.

Book now for spring avikingbyhoof@gmail.com 709-451-6311 http://www.avikingbyhoof.com     BUSINESS WORKSHOP OPTIONS While we cherish grabbing an intimidating foam sword and shield and charging into a mass of enemies, we understand that some of you are not ready for that kind of action yet.
  Workshop business conference options allow you to send up to seven members for three days of Elvish Lessons, Rune Magic, Celtic Knots, Character Hikes and Hnefatafl (Viking Chess) .

Photography packages will be available to capture the fun and while there is no battle component, aside from the Viking Chess game, you can still use LARP safe, foam weaponry to accent your costumes. Group rate is 3 days and up to 7 players at $570* (that’s equal to 2 participants free) Individuals are $30/day*          
At Aviking By Hoof, we recognize the tough world of business for what it is. No matter what the company goals are, you need a loyal, intelligent, creative, fearless workforce dedicated to achieving them. 

Our LARP business conference options allow you to send up to seven members for three days of “Learning through Larping” in quaint, coastal Bonne Bay communities and Gros Morne National Park settings. 

Your workforce team is assigned a character type when they register.  They can choose how they physically represent this character with costumes, wigs, and accessories. Costume/weapon rental options will also be available if needed, but pre-registration is required. Because of the battle component of these group exercises, we recommend choosing Calimacil, LARP-safe, foam weaponry which is made in Canada. 

Group rate is for 3 days and up to 7 players $855 * (that’s equal to 2 players free)  Individual players for 3 days play for $135   *Costume and weapons rental fees are not included in this price. For Character Hikes that take place in Gros Morne National Park a valid Canada Parks Pass is required .   
Themes vary from month to month beginning in May 2020 so please see LARP Schedulehttps://avikingbyhoof.com/home/larp-schedule-2020/


I was taught in school that the sun is 93 million miles away from Earth, that if it died, light would still shine on for another 100 years, such was the understanding of time, energy and speed of light.

I’m going to give you an exercise that challenges that theory. Its based on the belief that the Sun is not merely a ball of fire and gas millions of miles away. Many religions have “Sun Gods” such as Odin, Baldur, Apollo, Amun, Malakbel, Saule, Surya, Apati, Inti, Sol ….and the list goes on. Indeed if you are open minded and historically curious, you will learn that many god families have existed for centuries before mainstream religions took hold and the Sun God Tribes or Clans were widely dispersed and believed in across the globe.

I have a little way for you to connect with your sun god or goddess and the sun itself. It merely involves love. Breathe in the warmth of the sunlight around you and exhale with joy and thankfulness. Tell the sunshine that you love it, that you are grateful for its light, thankful it has chosen to shine down upon you, that is warmth is important to you. Treat the energy you send in the same way you would a loyal guardian, pet or closest friend.

I can say Odin three times and it will immediately be brighter…not in a 100 years, but within minutes of my focus upon the sun. (Now, Odin is from my Celtic roots. You can choose a sun god from your own culture and it will work as well.) I can tell the sunshine how much love I have for it and immediately it will break through the clouds to share more warm beams of light….not in 100 years but within seconds.

Try for yourself. On this day of Thanksgiving, I would like to remind everyone that sunlight gives life to the world we live on. It nourishes the trees, flowers, grasses, seaweeds and plankton. In turn, without this foundation of green, from which all life begins its food chains, we would have nothing. Our blood chemistry, moods, bone density, skin quality, even resistance to disease is linked with the amount of sun our bodies absorb.

Wicca is a term for witchcraft, the religion of life, of energy in the “green” or “wick” of things. Break open a dormant tree branch in winter. If the vein is green it is just sleeping. If there is no green it is dead. I am thankful for the sun. Blessed be.

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