Let’s Learn Runes!

Whether you want to better understand how modern English came to be, want to connect with your elders, roots and their ancient gods and goddesses or find delving into the dark arts fascinating – RUNES are awesome! For today’s lesson, we will learn the basic FUTHARK or alphabet. There are variations, although they vary onlyContinue reading “Let’s Learn Runes!”

Realms or Planets or Countries?

I’ve noticed a trend amongst historians lately to dismiss the old, pagan religions as merely stories that explained natural happenings. Some dare to say Odin, The Allfather was not a powerful Asir god but three different men bearing the same man, ruling countries in Russia and Scandinavia and declaring themselves deities. The nine realms wereContinue reading “Realms or Planets or Countries?”

Trolling Along

I met these two “Guards of Elfdom” while trekking through the Wallace Brook area of Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.  Whilst trolling for costume ideas, nature inspired me with a lot of texture and colour through these exposed patches of moss covered rocks and entangled shrubbery. The foam and sparkles of light upon the TroutContinue reading “Trolling Along”

Model Behaviour

In offering a free modelling contest, I wanted to make sure not to put size requirements in there (personal story is below). Healthy is different sizes for different people.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  At Aviking By Hoof we are looking for models that can become part of the clothing and costumesContinue reading “Model Behaviour”

The Two Sides of You

LARP offers you more than a chance to exercise, interact with new people, get outdoors in different surroundings; it offers you a chance to get YOU back, by ironically playing someone else. I know it seems illogical that a fictitious story plot, characters that are not always even human, extravagant costumes, makeup and wigs couldContinue reading “The Two Sides of You”

Wicca and Vikings?

How do herbal products fit in with Viking themed adventures?  Well, let’s think back to the Allfather himself, co-creator of the Scandinavian and Celtic peoples.  This warrior god was very much into what was considered “female magic” – the magic of plants and energies.  In fact, he was temporarily banned for a time because heContinue reading “Wicca and Vikings?”

Stomping on Stereotypes

All too often we see Vikings portrayed as mindless brutes, jumping off boats and thrashing their way through villages with mindless savagery….but lets stop and think for a moment about the peoples the Romans referred to as Barbarians. They were physically fit, intelligent, clean, believed in male/female equality and were well groomed. They had theirContinue reading “Stomping on Stereotypes”