Ancient Peoples of Baltic Coast – Vikings of Truso festival 15.08-17.08.2014
The last weekend was very tense. A lot of people arrived in Elbląg, not far from the location of Truso, to spend another wonderful weekend moving in time 1000 years backwards. Apart from Polish reenactors there was a strong representation from Russia, Belarus and Lithuania.
Galleries (more to come – I will be updating this post):
First day (source: elblag.pl):
Second day (source: elblag.pl):
Julia Narwojsz and Alicja Michałek:
Bohurt (7 films on PajakoSS profile):
The location of the event is almost in the centre of the city, on one of the XVII century built bastions in the centre of Elbląg, on the island called Island of Granaries, surrounded by river Elbląg (Ilfing, the very river Wulfstan travelled along to reach Truso, as was written here) from one side, and the fortress’ surrounding moats from other sides. We had literally to just take some steps to reach the river banks, a safe haven for the newly built viking boats.
The event conained a bit of everything – usual stuff like playing Kubb (Hafkitta, Ragnar and Ewa won the 2nd place!), battles, tournaments, dances, feasting etc. There was a lot of craftsmanship, a lot of stuff to buy. Music was great, again we had pleasure to listen to great musicians. I especially liked the drums, giving that certain “something” to the main battles. Evenings were focused on socializing with our north-eastern brethren from abroad.
There were some unfortunate injuries – two of warriors had to be hospitalized with serious injuries, many more had some smaller injuries, but the battles were worth seeing indeed. I didn’t take part in fighting this time – one could say I’ve lost the great opportunity to “feel the flow” again, but still, it was nice to watch.
The fireshow with amber dust was a new experience for me. Also, commemoration of Kormak, the legend of Polish reenactment was a moving moment.
I’d like to thank the hosts and magnificent reenactment brethren for great fun and understanding 😉
Some selected pics: