Viking winter games and midvintersblot, 2018

  • 03.02.2018 - 13:42

O'hoy there!
This year - as so many years before - Trondheim vikinglag went to compete against our good friends in Österhus vänner in the annual viking winter games on the snow covered Norderön. We also participated in the midvintersblot which is always so beautiful! Guess who won this year! Oh yeah! Go Norway!

Here are some pictures from this year's trip taken with my new lens!

Thank you so much for this time, Österhus vänner! See you again next year! <3


Jämtlands vikingadagar, August 2017

  • 03.02.2018 - 13:34

Hi again!

Last summer our friends in Österhus vänner arranged a second viking market in addition to their traditional event at Österhus. This new event was held in the centre of Östersund in Sweden. They had done a great job arranging and even though it was small with just a few tents, the atmosphere was amazing. It was a very nice and fun event. Here are some pictures from our weekend in Östersund in August last year.

As you will see we made lots of food and I only remember eating the whole weekend. Hahaha!

Thank you so much for a great event. See you soon!


Trip to Uppsala with Österhus vänner, May 2017

  • 02.02.2018 - 16:37

In May last year Trondheim vikinglag was invited to an educational trip to Uppsala in Sweden together with our friends from Österhus vänner. It was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of trips to museums, lots of burial mounds, a huge amounts of rune stones, great talks, lots of laughter together with friends, sauna, alcohol and a bagpipe playing naked Finn... (What?! Is there pictures? Scroll down and see!)

​But first, a little history.

Uppsala is a very old and interesting town with lots of history. It's also a very "mythical" place. This means that we do not really know for sure if the things we can read about Uppsala is actually true or not. Many of the written sources we have were written hundreds of years after the events took place. We must therefore take it with a small pinch of salt. We must be critical! Using multiple sources together, like archaeological findings, art and written sources, we will get a better understanding of the past. This text is not meant as an educational text, it is only meant as a small introduction to Uppsala as a historical place.

So, according to the medieval writers (now, remember the pinch of salt!) Adam of Bremen (Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum) and Snorre Sturlason (Heimskringla), Uppsala was the main pagan centre of Sweden during the viking age and the town had a temple which supposedly contained magnificent idols of the norse gods. If you've seen the series Vikings, this is the place (that they have tried to replicate) where Ragnar and his family went to sacrifice to the gods. Adam of Bremen describes a temple devoted to Odin, Thor and Frey and how sacrifices of both animals and humans were made.  The trees were considered to be divine, and sacrifices were said to have been hanged from trees and left to rot, and elaborate ritual songs were sung. According to the sources, the temple was located in what is now known as Gamla Uppsala, Old Uppsala. The old town of Uppsala was actually located a few kilometres north of where the city is currently location.

Findings of extensive tree structures and log lines together with different other archaeological findings supports that there has been on-site activities. Under the present church in Old Uppsala there have been found remains of one or several large wooden buildings. Some archaeologists believe that these are the remains of the temple, while others believe that these are remains of an earlier Christian wooden church.

There has been found large amounts of historical findings in the ground in and around Uppsala, there's many burial mounds in the area and Uppsala has been mentioned in many different sources. People have been living and buried in Uppsala for at least 2000 years and the findings are evidences of that. There have been found evidence of settlements all the way back to the nordic bronze age even though most of the grave fields are from the iron age and the viking age. It's been said that Uppsala was the place to bury the royals and maybe the high concentration of burial mounds is an evidence of that. At least there were some rich people living there. Originally there were between 2000 and 3000 mounds in the area but most of them have become farmland, gardens and quarries. Today only 250 mounds remain.

Three of these (seen in the picture above) are today called The Royal mounds (Swedish: Kungshögarna). They are the biggest and best known burial mounds in Uppsala and they are located in Old Uppsala. According to ancient folklore, the mounds were made for Odin, Thor and Frey. Later they thought that the mounds were made for kings of the legendary House of Ynglings. Today their geographical locations are instead used to name the mounds and they are called the Eastern moundMiddle Mound and Western Mound.

(Sources and inspiration: Wikipedia: Uppsala, Battle of Fyrirvellir, Temple of Uppsala, Gamla Uppsala)

Here are some pictures I took during the trip showing some of the rune stones that we saw, some of archaeological findings found at some of the museums and then just fun and games. Enjoy!

Tweed is discussed

If you don't have a beard, you make one from forest materials.

Thank you so much for a great weekend! We should do this again. And a huge thank you to Elias who organized the whole sha-bang!

Oh yeah! That's right! I promised a picture of a naked bagpipe playing Finn... Well, I can't give you a naked one because of artistic creation, but I can give you a almost naked Finn playing the bagpipe. Here you go! The drawing is made by Bert-ola Henriksson Nordenberg. Thanks you letting me show everyone. It's so awesome!

Viking winter games and midvintersblot, 2017

  • 01.02.2018 - 14:18

So, yet another very delayed post. This is from our trip to Österhus last year! The viking winter games and the midvintersblot at Österhus on Norderön have become an annual tradition for us in Trondheim vikinglag. We go back every year to revisit the deep Swedish forests in Jämtland to compete for the most important price in the viking history - vandrepokalen.

Sadly, we didn't win that year, but this year we were going to win! Hahaha! 

Viking market at Gunnes gård, September 2016

  • 01.02.2018 - 14:04

Hello everyone!
It has been ages since my last update... again. Just too long and I'm so sorry about that. After we moved to an new apartment I haven't really had access to a computer. Therefore it has been hard editing and making these posts for you. Now I have had some days off and some motivation to make new posts, and I've been editing pictures from one and a half years back in time!! I've also decided to start writing in English since I know that many of you don't understand Norwegian.

Here are some pictures from Gunnes gård back in September 2016. We were a few people in the camp, 12 in all if I can remember correctly. Anyway, a brilliant and a lovely group of people it was!

(Warning! There are pictures of dead animals in this post. They were used for cooking purposes)

Fredrik brought his daughter Ida for the event. She is so adorable and so fun to be with. We played around, looked at the animals and sang together.

Now I want to show you some pictures of Emily. Emily is part of a group calles Andrimners Hemtagare. They travel around to different markets where they demonstrate historical cooking and other historical crafts. I have learned so many things from these guys. Emily is for example the person who taught me how to spin yarn with a spindle.

At Gunnes they demontrated how to make various dishes, how to slaughter and prepare a rooster and they prepared European hake (a fish), just to mention some. We also had a cheese table party together in the evening where we served the weirdest and most unpleasant cheeses you can imagine. I brought with me a classical Norwegian cheese called gammelost - old cheese... It was horrible. We had so much fun at this party that I forgot to take any pictures.

She scalded the rooster in boiling water to make the plucking easier. The rooster was of course already dead when she did this.

Thanks everyone for a great market! It was so fun going to a market with only a few people I knew from before. It was truly a relaxing and cozy weekend.

Tonje Årolilja Rogersdatter


Hi and welcome to my blog! My name is Tonje and I am a viking reenactor. In other words, I try to recreate the viking age as close and correct as possible. I make my own historical garments. I convey the daily life of the Viking age together with my viking group, Trondheim vikinglag. We travel all around Europe and visit viking markets. We show cooking and handcraft correct for the viking age period. If you are interested in history, archeology, handcraft of any sorts of food - this is the blog for you! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you just want to say hi.

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