Ulfheðinn are part of the largest early medieval re-enactment society The Vikings. We portray a late 9th to early 10th century Viking mercenary band. We provide both combat oriented reenactment and living history with attention paid to being as authentic as possible.
We field an authentic Viking shieldwall using real steel weapons such as swords, axes, spears. bow and arrows and javelins The fights are unscripted and we try to provide as realistic an impression of Viking age fighting as possible. When not fighting the warriors will be happy to talk to you about the weapons and the intricacies of single and shieldwall combat. We also have a small shirt of chain mail suitable for children to try on and see what it was really like for a Viking warrior. At most shows we have the terrifying (for the warriors) kiddie vike where the children of audience can come and fight hand to hand with the warriors.
We also provide a vibrant living history encampment of two to three tents where you can see authentic period crafts being practiced such as chain mail making, net making, spoon carving, needle making, leather work and metal casting. We cook our meals on open fires and set out a table of authentic foods. Our members will be happy discuss the ins and outs of the various skills they demonstrate. We are always on the lookout for slaves. If a member of your family is surplus to requirements we will be happy to take them off your hands at very competitive rates.
Video of Battle of Hastings reenactment at Kelmarsh
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Sword and Shield practice
A Dolmen Video featuring Poole Reenactment Society Members
A YouTube video of Poole Buccaneers Street Fight in Glastonbury
You will see old Norse names and words written with various accents and such. This page gives you an idea of how the words should be pronounced.
a – as in “law”
á – as in “father”
e – as i in “gin”
é – as ay in “day”
i – as in “is”
í – ee as in “speed”
o – as in “omit”
ó – as in “owe”
Ø, ö – as in “not”
u – oo, as in “soot”
ú – oo, as in “droop”
y – u, as in French tu
ý – u, as in German Tür
ae – e as in “get”
au – ou as in “house”
ei – ay as in “day”
ey – as in ei
dh – a soft th as in “leather”
f – pronounced as English f initially, as English v in medial and final positions.
g – hard as in “give”
j – always as English y
ng – as in “sing”
r – trilled; r on the end of the word is not given an extra syllabe.
s – always voiceless, as in “blast”
th – as in “thorn”
z – pronounced as ts (as in German)