Menu
Lifestyle

The Viking lifestyle proves popular in Lismore

AXE MAN: Marko Toth, aka
AXE MAN: Marko Toth, aka "Loki" the Viking, at the Viking Village in Lismore. Mireille Merlet

LEARNING the arts of the "olden times" was a childhood dream for Gold Coast Viking warrior Marko Toth, but he had to wait until the age of 21 to start his Viking journey.

"I was driving to visit my grandma up at Bribie Island when I saw there was a big Viking show on at Caboolture," Mr Toth explained.

"I saw that, and said 'sorry Grandma' and spent the rest of the day there," he laughed.

RELATED: Warming hearts on cold night: scenes from the Lantern Parade

He came across a Gold Coast-based warrior group called Jorth Gar, which means "earth spear", and has been training in mediaeval weaponry with them ever since.

"This is my eighth year," he said.

"My favourite style is axes; I've got two large axes, two small axes, and a little hidden dagger. I'm a fully qualified user of all the weapons."

Becoming a fully-fledged member of a Viking "garrison" offers a fulfilling social life too, with members attending regular trainings, gatherings, and mock battles.

A full spectrum of Viking life was on display at the Viking Village in Lismore on Saturday, with the swordplay, archery and armour displays drawing big crowds alongside craft skills such as leather-making, jewellery-making, braiding, tool making and even basic domestic duties.

"Mother of cauldrons" Claire O'Meara's job was to cook for the ravenous clan, including famished re-enactors participating in the Lantern Parade's fiery finale at Oakes Oval.

One of the dishes she spent hours preparing was a mediaeval special of stuffed goose.

"The geese have been stuffed with offal cooked with onions, garlic, apple, breadcrumbs, currants, walnuts, herbs - anything to give it flavour," Ms O'Meara said.

"I've also made a salt dough which is almost 50-50 flour and salt mixed with water.

"I encase the whole bird in the dough and will then make a hole in the coals, place the bird in the coals and cover it up.

"Because of the high ratio of salt, when the heat comes into contact with it, the crust will become rock hard. It will encase the bird and it will cook in its own juices.

"I'll probably cook it for about three or four hours.

"It should be delicious."

Topics:  editors picks history lismore lantern festival



Ecologist sizes up fire's impact as crews monitor scene

Uki and Cudgen volunteers watch over a backburn at the Kings Forest fire on Tuesday.

Ecological impact on Kings Forest fire assessed

At $5, is this the cheapest meal on the Northern Rivers?

DEAL: Lismore Workers Club and Lismore Workers Sports Club are offering $5 meals this January.

But you only have one more week to take up the offer

Neighbours star is now a detox darling

Olympia Valance doing yoga.

She encounters a physical and mental metamorphosis

Local Partners

'I had no idea': Suits star asks Coast woman for photo

WHEN a celebrity approaches you and asks to get a photo together, it's a pretty big deal.

How Xbox Game Pass just got a whole lot better

Game pass is like the Netflix of gaming for fans

DJI Mavic Air offers ultimate in drone portability

Compact kit offers 4K video shooting at 30 frames per second

Let me tell you about my brother’s death

Nobody should have to go through the agony and loss of dignity that my brother suffered. (Pic: iStock)

Margaret Wenham says her brother death was unspeakably ghastly

Controversial principal punishes students for dating

The £34,500-a-year Ruthin School in north Wales. Picture: Supplied

“School is not the place for romantic relationships — ever”

5 things teachers wish parents would do

Swimming is the perfect environment to teach your children courage and a sense of achievement. Picture: Mark Calleja

WHAT are you doing with the kids this weekend?

Teen's amazing close encounter with 'sharks' in the shallows

SIGHTING: Sarah Jarvinen's daughter Romy and a friend spotted what they said were sharks in the shallows off Mooloolaba.

Photo divides public as girls capture close encounter with sharks