Naomi and Krystal, or Killian, have recently joined Rognvald's Lith to take their part in Viking life.
Naomi and Krystal, or Killian, have recently joined Rognvald's Lith to take their part in Viking life. Samantha Elley

Visiting Vikings bring history to life at local markets

MEDIEVAL fantasies came to life last weekend at the Coraki Medieval Melee, and the reliving of this ancient lifestyle has never been more fascinating with the increasing popularity of hit television shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings.

The local event catered to families and medieval enthusiasts alike with battles performed by Rognvald's Lith complete with an authentic village, juggling performances, acrobatics and fire shows.

There was definitely something for everyone, providing a real sense of community.

Getting into the spirit of the Vikings at the Coraki Markets.
Getting into the spirit of the Vikings at the Coraki Markets. Samantha Elley

Marketing coordinator for the Coraki Events Committee, Kate Crockett defined what made this event so successful to all age groups.

"People enjoy the history and authenticity of the event.”

Later in the evening the three-course Jarl's feast ensued, resplendent with the only full- time herald in Australia, Lord Herald Stephen of Landsborough.

LITH COMMUNITY: Coraki's streets were turned into a Viking village on the weekend.
LITH COMMUNITY: Coraki's streets were turned into a Viking village on the weekend. Samantha Elley

When booking tickets for Jarl's feast one patron exclaimed, "This is my dream come true!”

Local high school teacher Louise Woolbank commented on the importance of making history real to people, particularly the students she teaches.

"It gives people a cultural experience that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to undergo.”

Whether an avid consumer of popularised medieval television shows or just a community observer wanting to take part in the local festivities, the simple lifestyle and rich history displayed at the melee was something to behold.

"Mother of Cauldrons” Claire O'Meara spoke about the value of being a part of the Rognvald's Lith community, drawing on why she loves to be involved.

Demonstrations of wood-turning and blacksmithing in the Viking village.
Demonstrations of wood-turning and blacksmithing in the Viking village. Samantha Elley

"Life today is fast-paced and busy, bombarded with so much backlight and LED.”

Being a part of the Lith "encourages independence, to create and to learn, to just withdraw and be”.

The local Coraki events committee hopes to landmark this event, with talk of incorporating jousting into the festivities next year.

This gathering will be one for the calendar.



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