Norway Starts School for Vikings

A fan of the brilliant History Channel's TV series Vikings?, a Norwegian English language website, has reported on a new Viking School set to open for budding young enthusiasts.

During the course at Seljord Folkehøgskule, 150km west of Oslo, students -many inspired by TV series such as ‘Game of Thrones’ -will even celebrate the Norse rituals of the year, going so far as to make animal sacrifices during the winter feast.

“We see a large number of applicants who have applied for different reasons," the school's principal, Arve Husby, told Norwegian Broadcaster NRK. "Some have become interested through TV series and others want to learn handicraft. We give a high quality education, and if TV series get people interested, we are happy,” 

Public interest in all things Viking has increased in recent years due to TV dramas such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Vikings’.

The school's leading Viking teacher is Jeppe Nordmann Garly, a Dane who describes himself as a "recreational Viking”, having spent much of his life trying to get as close as possible to the Viking experience.

"You could say that I am the first Viking teacher,” said Normann Garly, who professes to enjoying Viking-themed TV dramas. "Personally I prefer Game of Thrones. Vikings has too many factual errors."

Students at the school will also have the opportunity to row Viking ships, learn ceramics and woodworks.

People in England should be warned: the students from Norway’s Viking school are already planning a trip to York, or 'Jorvik', as the Vikings called it. 

Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and Canada. Filmed in Ireland, it is an Ireland/Canada co-production.

Vikings is inspired by the lives and adventures of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France.

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04 August 2015 15:45