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Back to days of plunder with medieval re-enactment society

WINTER is coming and with it a horde of medieval Vikings who will descend on Lismore for this year's Viking Village Solstice.

The invasion is being orchestrated by the Lismore Medieval Re-enactment Society and will be held in conjunction with the Lismore Lantern Parade.

Members of the medieval society, known as Rognvald's Lith, re-enact authentic Viking ways of life in Europe from 800-1100AD.

It's the second time the Viking Village Solstice will be held, after the success of last year's event.

About 80 Vikings, from as far as Armidale, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, will make the voyage.

Rognvald's Lith member Alice Burgess said the event was a good way to showcase the society's work.

"I've always found history really interesting and being able to re-enact that makes you able to delve into that a little deeper and understand it better," she said.

"We all look pretty fierce once we're enacting but we're all really friendly, which is one of the biggest reasons everyone gets involved."

Stepping into Viking village life, visitors will be able to see the smith at work in the smithy, re-enactors spinning fleece on hand spindles, weaving on a warp-weighted loom, sewing and plant dyeing and medieval cooking.

Medieval Viking battles will also take place in the fighting arena.

When Rognvald's Lith member Danielle Taylor steps onto the battlefield, she will take on the role of a ninth century mercenary shield maiden.

But it's the sense of camaraderie that's kept Ms Taylor coming back to the society for more than 10 years.

"They're just a great bunch of people," she said.

 

Rognvald's Lith meets and trains every fortnight at St Mary's Oval, behind Trinity College, from 10am-2pm. New members are always welcome: 02 6622 2558.



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