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Other research product . 2014


Skov, Cecilie; Andersen, Simone Maja; Mortensen, Annagrethe Heuser; Haugaard, Oscar; Lindhardtsen, Jesper Krogh; Torndal, Stefanie; Hallas, Kenneth; +1 Authors
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2014
Country: Denmark
The project seeks to answer a number of questions, concerning the Danish Viking re-enactment community. The members of the Danish Viking re-enactment community seek to re-enact, interpret and experience the Viking age. The re-enactors use the insight they acquire through books, archaeological relics and their own reflections to create historical ‘accurate’ recreations of settlements, markets and battlefields. Each of these recreations depict vastly different aspects of the real Viking community, which is most notorious for its (in) famous raids. The raids abroad are among such subjects, which the re-enactors do not wish to re-enact. They do, however wish to re-enact essential parts of the everyday life as they imagine it could have been, including, artisanship, trading and combat. These three re-acted professions divide the re-enactment community respectively. The concept Authenticity, defined as both the historical accuracy and the individual experience of interconnection between the “constructed world” and the “real world”, plays a crucial role in re-enactment. In order to achieve both of these distinctive definitions, re-enactors go to great lengths to ensure their equipment and ‘roles’ are accounted for historically, in order to not only show historical accuracy, but to create the proper environment in which the re-enactors can experience moments of aforementioned interconnection between past and present. Members of Danish Viking re-enactment community form identities due to their involvement with the Viking age. A select few have converted to the old Scandinavian Asa-belief in order to narrow the gap between modern age and the Viking age. Through the re-enactors engagement with traditions and customs of the Viking age, three different layers of identity are affected; individual identities, collective identities in the groups and Danish national identity. History is in re-enactment interpreted, not as distant events disconnected from the present due to their distance in time, but as tangible narratives, connectable to the present through studies, involvement and reflectivity.

reenactment, living, history, viking

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