Vikings are usually portrayed as ruthless warriors who pillaged villages, butchered men and raped women across western Europe. Those depictions are absolutely true. But Vikings also formed part of a sophisticated Scandinavian culture. They wrote prose and poetry, created stunning artwork, grew crops, traded, explored, and built fabulous ships.
Viking fans of all ages can join the Society for Creative Anachronism for "A Viking Thyng" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Society members will lead Viking games, stick pony races, “armed” combat, and foam hammer throwing. They will also demonstrate Viking crafts, fiber arts, bookmaking and leather work.
So, why is the event called a “thyng” instead of a thing? Thynghowe was a Viking assembly place in Sherwood Forest where people came to resolve issues and settle disputes. It was lost to history until its rediscovery in 2005.
The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international nonprofit volunteer educational organization. Members are devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-17th century skills, arts, combat and culture. They use their knowledge to present historical events, demonstrations and other educational activities.
Registration is not required for this free event. For more information, call the library at 386-424-2910, option 4.