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Guttairoyken


Our trip to Gudvangen wasn't all about boats. About 60 vikings from all over Norway had gathered for the weekend. (We had to travel for 7 1/2 hours each way, that is quite a distance after a full workday.) We got our own little area in the village, with room for our tent and a fireplace. The boys were in charge of fetching wood and keeping the fire alive.

varer

Of course I forgot to take a picture of our things before we started, so this is what's left. I've been busy preparing for a couple of weeks, sewing small linen bags and making nalbinding gauntlets/mittens. Many people were fascinated by the nålbinding, and I sold quite a few of them + I got some orders for other sizes. I also sold my 1 meter long nålbinding hat, and since I forgot to take a picture of it I took one afterwards, paparazzi style.

langlue

It looks really good on the new owner!

leiren

For Helgi the fighting was the main attraction. There were no shows this time, only competitions in axe throwing and archery, but he got some private lessons from a polish expert, and tried out his new tricks on the other young boys afterwards.

helgiogpolakk

He also tried passing some on to his little brother. Looks like it worked!

guttasloss

For the record - the swords are dull!

grotte

I took most of the photos. This one, from the magic caves of Gudvangen, is the only one with me in it. A bit hard to see that I made myself a new dress for the occasion. One of the professional photographers caught a glimpse of me here, at least you can see the colour. The fabric was one of my findings from Oslo.

leirenomnatta

After closing time the real life starts in the camp.

langhus

Everyone was gathered around the fire in the big tent.

Georgomkvelden

Chief Georg on his throne.

guttalanghus

At 22.00 Saturday the boys were begging to go to bed. They were completely exhausted from all the rowing.

This was the last market before winter sets inn, and the farewell scenes sunday were long. Now all vikings go into hibernation, and start producing goods for the next season.



Det var mer enn bare båt under vårt opphold i Gudvangen. Ca 60 vikinger hadde reist fra Karmøy i sør til Trøndelag i nord. (For oss tok turen 7 1/2 time hver vei, litt av en tur når man har en full arbeidsdag bak seg fra før.) Vi fikk vår egen lille tomt med plass for telt og ildsted. Gutta bar ved og passet bålet.

Jeg glemte selvsagt å fotografere varene våre før vi startet, så bildet viser det som ble igjen. Vi har brukt noen uker på å forberede oss på markedet, jeg har sydd små linposer og lagd nålbundne pulsvamere/vanter. Mange ble fasinert av nålbindingen, og jeg solgte en god del, pluss at jeg fikk bestillinger på størrelser jeg ikke hadde mer av. Jeg solgte også min 1 meter lange nålbindingslue, og siden jeg også glemte å fotografere den måtte jeg fram med telelinse og snikknipse den nye eieren. Ser bra ut på henne!

For Helgi var det slåssinga som var hovedattraksjonen. Det var ingen oppvisninger eller slag denne gangen, bare konkurranse i bueskyting og øksekast., men han fikk privattimer hos en polsk fekteekspert, og prøvde etterpå ut sine nye triks på leirens andre unggutter. Han forsøkte også å lære litt videre til sin lillebror. Bare så det er sagt; sverdene er sløve!

Jeg var stort sett bak kamera, så det eneste bildet av meg er et uskarpt ett fotografert uten blitz i Gudvangens magiske grotter. Litt vanskelig å se den nye underkjolen jeg lagde for anledningen, men en av de profesjonelle fotografene fikk meg med her. Der viser i alle fall fargen. Stoffet var hamstret under middelalderfestivalen i Oslo.

Etter stengetid og mørkets frambrudd begynner det virkelige livet i leiren. Høvding Georg samlet alle rundt leirbålet i langhuset/teltet, der han selv satt i høysetet, men to gutter var så slitne etter all roinga at de tryglet og bad om å få legge seg allerede klokka ti!

Dette var høstens siste marked. Etter mange og lange farvel søndag bar turen hjem. Nå går alle vikinger i dvale til neste år, mens det produseres varer for vårmarkedene.

Kommentarer:
Postet av: Siow Chin

What a very interesting event! And a great insight to your culture. Nevertheless, boys will be boys, all the fighting reminds me of kung-fu that my brothers love so much when they were little.

04.10.2005 @ 03:08
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Postet av: Wendy

Oh my gosh, what fun! My 11 year old son and I had a blast looking at your photos. I love the wooden chairs...did your husband or sons build them? Wendy

05.10.2005 @ 03:31
Postet av: Nik

this was really very interesting. i'm glad you posted it.

06.10.2005 @ 20:30
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Postet av: Becky

Wow. This whole event looks amazing and like a whole lot of fun. Thanks for sharing! Keep the photos coming :-)

07.10.2005 @ 19:51
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Postet av: Kathy

I've been reading you for awhile now and just love all the photos you post. This post was particularly wonderful. I felt like I was there!

07.10.2005 @ 23:44
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Postet av: hanne

minsøn ( og jeg ) ville have ELSKET at være med, han er middelalderfreek...kh hanne

09.10.2005 @ 13:50
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