Differences of interpretation, which occur in all periods, are perhaps more prominent in discussions of the Vikings...

The vast range of Viking activity means that our knowledge of it depends on a great variety of sources that were produced in very different circumstances...

Historians of Scandinavia, the Alantic Islands and Russia in the Viking Age now rely more on archaeology and numismatics, disciplines that have in recent decades made remarkable contributions to our understanding of the period.

--Oxford University Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norsemen

The origin and use of the term Viking remains debatable among many scholars, and even much of the history of the adventurous Scandinavian people is shrouded in mystery and uncertainty. Most will agree, however, the word viking refers to any of the seafaring people from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway who plundered the coasts of northern and western Europe as well as those who colonized these and other areas. They were also known by the names Danes, Northmen, Rus and Norsemen.

We now know as early as 1500bc the Scandinavians were exchanging goods across the North Sea with the peoples of Ireland, and England. By the first century they were trading with the Romans. The fifth century found them hosting foreign merchants at bustling Scandinavian market towns. By the end of the 8th century, with their expert ship building skills, they had developed a formidable sailing vessel, the longship. Fast, nimble, seaworthy and capable of being beached along coasts or rowed up rivers (even moved across land).

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The longship opened the world to those who desired to increase their status or holdings or even to resettle. A new era of aggressive expansion began with devastating attacks by Norsemen on monasteries and other targets along the coasts of England and Europe. It is commonly accepted that this time period during the 8th to 11th centuries is known as the Viking Age.

 

Dark Boar Vikings

Dark Boar is a collective of like minded hobbyists from all over northern California, who enjoy renfaires and the re-enactment of this period of raiding, trading, and colonization. We are a very open, encouraging and accepting group of enthusiasts. Our members bring a wide range of skills, vocations and creativity to the group that enhances our ability to recreate a portrait of the "Vikings" - a people who owe their success as much to their adaptabilty and ingenuity as to their ferocity.

As a group we will be attending several faires and other events throughout the year. At several events we attend, we set up an encampment and participate in the event. As many members as are able to attend these functions are encouraged to do so. We have regular meetings to gather, feast and discuss concerns and make plans for future raids.

Until the calendar is set up, contact Lady Æsa for information. Any inquiries about membership or event preparations or directions should also be directed to Sven.

 

"the Dark Boar tide shall crash upon your shores"