Each of the members in the Sons of Fenrir plays an important role within our Viking village, just as societies did in medieval Europe. There were important roles in a village to take on such as the Jarl but also farmers, blacksmiths and weavers. Many goods and services are exchanged right in our village today as they once were. With a blacksmith who makes knives for the cook, or helmets and weapons for the warriors and the children who help with the looking after the village.
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Every year we hold a group meeting (also known as a "Thing") to decide the next year's council. One of the members voted in is the Jarl (synonymous with Earl).
Valdimar Lieffrithsson acts as a leader for the Sons of Fenrir, being to first point of communication for outsiders and a primary decision maker. As the group votes democratically for their Jarl, they trust his choices in future endeavors and raids.
Since the Jarl is of the highest authority, the person in the position is typically the wealthiest of the group. You can see Valdimar has travelled to far East destinations with the highest quality of silks trimming his tunics, and his helmet is adorned with Central Asian Steppe influences.
MASTER OF COINS
Like the Jarl the person in charge of the treasurer role can change every year. In the Viking times it wasn't likely that there would have been a treasurer as most Vikings controlled their own riches as hack silver.
The combat Theign has a very important role. Training new warriors and making sure safety and proper use of weapons are upheld both at practices and events.
Hrungnr Okseskalle brings his years of skill and knowledge to teach all the combatants in the group of old and new. He infuses his lessons with words of thought as well as physical pointers and tests of strength. Hrungnr shares wisdom on all variations of combat such as two handed weapons to shield walls.
One of the most important roles to our village is indeed that of the Village Theign. Although everyone in the village does their part it is with the Village Theign that our village is fed at events and kept organized.
Åshild leads the village of Fenrir. She ensures the village functions in an organized and safe manner, from small details like fire safety to ensuring other members feel confident to share their skills to onlookers. She is extremely knowledgeable in multiple disciplines within Viking age skills, and we are all eager for you to interact with Åshild!
In the viking times clothing, jewelry, weapons and village equipment would have been dictated by what was in fashion, what could be bought, pillaged and new creations that made life simpler or more impressive.
Today Viðnir Ragnvaldsson ensures that what we represent in our reenacted village adheres to the historical finds and research of the area we portray. Archaeological finds and research is forever changing our understanding of the viking world. With new exciting finds or clothing, jewelry and tools. Keeping us on our toes as our world expands. Although we are all still hoping for pockets!
Photo Credit: Rod Sanchez @rodsanchezphotography
Ulfgar Lieffrith Ragnarson
Jean du Bois
Headshot Photography provided by: Bonnie Critchley, Erin Hoar, Rod Sanchez, and Amanda Ubell