Join the Lismore Vikings for wintry fun
THE winter solstice is coming and so are the Vikings.
The Lismore-based medieval re-enactment society Rognvald's Lith will hold a Viking Village celebration at Jolley Field, at the corner of Uralba and Dawson Sts in Lismore, from 10am to 4pm on June 22 and 23.
The event is being held to celebrate the winter solstice.
A gold coin donation will be seized by warriors at the gates.
And while a Viking re-enactment group might seem like a game for young men or women, for Bob Harper, 72, and his wife Kath, 50 plus, it's a great way to leave their full-time jobs and modern life behind for a while.
Bob and Kath fill the role of traders in the Rognvald's Lith group - Kath making traditional Viking glass beads and Bob making Viking coins. Both are dedicated to what they do putting in 100s of hours of research to make their creations as historically accurate as they can.
It doesn't hurt that they both love that period and love what they do.
"We're historical glass bead and coin makers," Kath said. "Our Viking beads and coins are handmade historical reproductions and are referenced. The beads have origins not only from Scandinavia but as far away as Turkey, Egypt, Russia and England.
"Why did Vikings covet glass beads? Basically, it was a sign of wealth. Similar to us today, they liked to wear jewellery. Jewellery can also define us such as a Christian cross - Thor's hammer. Glass beads are like a visual story of where the Vikings had been and who they had traded with."
The duo started off doing re-enactments on their own at the Abbey Festival 24 years ago.
"We weren't aligned with anyone," Bob said.
During one of their years at the Abbey Festival, they discovered that one of the re-enactment groups was from their current home town of Lismore and decided to join.
The Rognvald's Lith group will bring the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic Viking Village from the period 800AD to 1100AD to a Lismore park during the Solstice.
Viking Village solstice on June 22-23 at Jolley Field, Lismore from 10am-4pm. Cost: $2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to facebook.com/VikingVillageSolstice.