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Who are we?
The Glasgow Vikings strive to bring history alive and portray an accurate account of Viking warfare and day to day life while trying to make it fun for our audiences, we could turn up and talk endlessly about it but it is much easier and entertaining for us to show you.
The group predominately portray – the Hiberno Norse who were originally the Viking colonists of Ireland and Scotland who starting as early as the ninth century intermarried with native Gaels and adopted the Gaelic language as well as many other Gaelic customs, such as dress. They are generally known by the Gaelic name which they themselves used, of which "Norse-Gaels" is a translation. This term is subject to a large range of variations depending on chronological and geographical differences in the Gaelic language, i.e. Gall Gaidel, Gall Gaidhel, Gall Gaidheal, Gall Gaedil, Gall Gaedhil, Gall Gaedhel, Gall Goidel, etc. Other modern translations used include Scoto-Norse, Hiberno-Norse and Foreign Gaels.
The group can also portray - the 9th century Picts who were an ethnic group in central and northern Scotland from Roman times until the 9th century. Most historians agree that around 839 a huge battle took place in which the Pictish king and his brother died while leading his men against the Vikings. The defeat and slaying of the Pictish royal houses and its warrior elite delivered the decisive shift in the pattern of succession and handed the Pictish crown to the Scottish House of MacAlpin.
What do we do?
Glasgow Viking Shows provide both education and entertainment ranging from school demonstrations to all day or weekend events.
The content of the shows can be tailored to suit your needs and budget. Show content can include a living history encampment, acting, archery, single combats, weapons demonstrations and skirmishes. If required we can complete historical research of the local area to see if there are any events of interest.
All our costumes and accoutrements have archaeological basis. The weapons we use are real and accurate but blunted for obvious reasons.
Living history takes place in our
village encampment in which displays of period crafts such as weaving, woodturning,
metalworking, jewellery casting and many others may be viewed.