:: The Vikings of Bjornstad
:: The Viking Art of War At
the Dunsmuir House Highland Games in Oakland
Vikings of Bjornstad presents a demonstration of Vikings
weapons and tactics at most of our events.
The 15 minute show is called "The Viking Art of
War", taking its name from the book of the same name
by Paddy Griffith. The show is a hit with the audience;
it generates a great deal of interest in the group and
the Vikings in general. Other reenactment groups have picked up on its success and begun to provide their
own versions, creating a lot more for the public to enjoy
during their visits with the Living History events.
Photos by Ed Berland, AnnMarie Vainstein and Jack
Our encampment provides the backdrop for the show.
We talk about the full array of weapons the Vikings used.
Helmets warming in the summer sun.
Ed, Rick, Brian, Steve and Henrik gear up for war.
Henrik moves out for battle while Tory and Kay take
position for the show.
Ed and Henrik face off. A demonstration of Viking warfare
wouldn't be complete without a little combat.
The Hólmgang begins. Nothing draws a crowd like steel on
... practically anything.
Honor must be satisfied.
Viking Hólmgang - Henrik and Ed do battle
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Kay describes the evolution of Viking warfare.
The shield wall forms up.
The shield wall proves a good defense against Tory's
A Dane axe can hook the shields and break the shield
wall. Rick later covers the role archery played in Viking
Jack covers the evolution of the sword before and after
the Viking Age. Here he talks about a hand-and-a-half
sword from the 14th century.
At the climax to the show, Henrik destroys the
"Viking Art of War" banner (and the supporting
pole). A real crowd pleaser.
Jack equips the next generation of Vikings.
Kay, Brian and Rick are ready for the public. It's a
soon-to-be-warm day in the Oakland hills.
Kay brings wool to demonstrate spinning with a drop
spindle. Tory looks on.
Henrik and Steve in mail - versus a California summer.
Steve benefits from the shade.
Brian demonstrates another approach to hydrating while
wearing a coif.