the hall, three areas are set up for: Thrall's, Karl's and Jarl's (slaves,
workers and nobles).
the children come in, or after they are settled, I hand out name cards
for characters in the poem (there are 69!). Most of these are mildly
amusing, such as 'Lumpy-calfs' and 'Stinky'; some are slightly suggestive
- 'Easy-going' for a girl, for example. These can be vetted
to your requirments. Certain characters have specific costumes,
and as I get these characters dressed I explain about the style of garment,
the fibres, colour, etc. The remaining characters choose from what's
left. (Everyone will get something to wear - although it may just be
a leather head-band!)
everyone is settled again I begin reading the poem. It is interactive
and I move around a lot. As I read the poem I mention particular points
of interest and pause frequently for the laughter to die down! They
usually find the birth of the first baby quite funny (they are given
an anatomically correct baby to swaddle - you can vet this if
you want). As the poem progresses, everyone has their moment in the
spotlight, and I further discuss any interesting points I forgot before
(I don't have a Viking memory!).
finish the session, when the poem is completed, there is the chance
to taste Edda's 'lumpy loaf, heavy and thick, loaded with bran', and
the other foods and drinks from the poem. This includes hot veal soup,
cold roasted meat and salt fish, skyr yoghurt, non-alcoholic ale
and non-alcoholic wine (which again you can vet if you wish).
Why was the story-teller important? What was the 'Skaldic Tradition'?
How did the Vikings believe the classes came into being? What does Viking
food taste like? How can we tell the difference between rich and poor
* I have the
Food Hygiene certificate level 2, as I work as a mobile relief catering