The Viking's at Flag Fen.


I was looking for something to do at the last British bank holiday weekend and I stumbled across an event at the local Neolithic preservation site near where I live in Peterborough, England. Flag Fen has had continued human occupation from before the bronze age right through to the era of the Norman Conquest. I happened to somehow either mystically or magically stumble back in time to witness the visit of a Viking Horse trader from the banks of the Volga.

The entire clan was most welcoming and where not at all phased by all our modern technology. They were more than happy to show how they live and describe the tools they use in day to day life. A bit later into my visit I think I may have stumbled into a little feud, which required some minor blood shed to settle debts and honour.


Lord Orm ( Red Tunic )
Lord Orm ( Red Tunic )
Rules of Rus Viking business, cut costs increase coinage
Rules of Rus Viking business, cut costs increase coinage


Before the entire Viking war camp came alive to the sound of sword on shield and steel through flesh and bone, I was able to talk with and listen to what the combatants had to say. I was able to catch the stories of the weapons and their lethal ways of slaughter. There was a definite feel that my modern ways were tolerated by this friendly and civil band of Viking's, and they were keen to instruct us on their rules and rites of their society.

I kept well away from the Warlord Orm's tent as I neither wanted to buy any horse's or find myself in his bad graces. It was a wise choice as I would later see that leading a group of this kind requires a certain brutal straight forwardness to inspire loyalty. As I was to witness on the battle field later on in the day, he does not suffer fools as they are like now an expensive commodity.


Viking settlement

The Camp's infirmary manned by Rodstaff.
The Camp's infirmary manned by Rodstaff.


Upon entering the Viking village I noticed that the people who inhabited it were indeed a mixed group of people. As Lord Orm is a Rus Viking I naturally assumed they would all be from the same area, the only people who I could say were from the same area where Lord Orm, Lord Hauk ( Lord Orms brother) and Heimdal the Viking chiefs nephew. I went over to a tent with the imposing presence of Rodstaff sitting at his table. This gentle giant greeted me and talked to me like an equal, he was happy to answer and questions I had and showed me a limb he happened to have lying around. Viking surgery definitely seems a lot more direct than modern day surgery. If its damaged or infected it comes off, simple as that.

A rather large crowd had also formed around the armoury, the weapon smiths there did a sterling job answering questions and demonstrating the strengths and weakness of each weapon. In the time I was allowed to be a guest of the village I don't think I saw them without at least five people hooked on their tales of battle. The armoury is run by a Northumbrian born Viking of Irish/Norwegian ancestry, he was at times assisted by his younger brother Freyr and the standard bearer Ragnar.


I think the majority of people who visited Lord Orm's camp only came to see blood shed, and Lord Orm was not one to disappoint the locals. With the fighting ferocious and the language very much heated, the fighting was electric. It truly felt as if you were watching a piece of history unfold, I managed to get some good action shots. I hope you find the images entertaining and I recommend if you get chance to see this East Anglian reenactment group in person take it.


Battle shots

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Diplomacy?Wulfar in actionBringers of the PainRepel the invadersWulf ready to strikeCounter-strike?Defend these landsAre you doing this the hardwayLord Orm's crack mercenaries
Diplomacy?
Diplomacy?
Wulfar in action
Wulfar in action
Bringers of the Pain
Bringers of the Pain
Repel the invaders
Repel the invaders
Wulf ready to strike
Wulf ready to strike
Counter-strike?
Counter-strike?
Defend these lands
Defend these lands
Are you doing this the hardway
Are you doing this the hardway
Lord Orm's crack mercenaries
Lord Orm's crack mercenaries


Although the Viking's do usually charge for their services the Flag Fen show was not a money show, more of a good place to practice and a way to support this proud English historical site. I believe the group and Flag Fen are keen to do this type of show again. Surprisingly the group is a non-profit organization. I am informed that at the end of year they give any excess money to their group members to have a huge Christmas party, which I think is admirable as these guys and gals give up their weekends for much of the year. The Viking group trains for two hours a week, if you are curious about them I have included a web link for the group.

Battle Conclusion

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One on One Champion versus ChampionFox organize their ranksFight or dieDie or fightRagnar versus RodstaffWoodsman versus Warlord
One on One Champion versus Champion
One on One Champion versus Champion
Fox organize their ranks
Fox organize their ranks
Fight or die
Fight or die
Die or fight
Die or fight
Ragnar versus Rodstaff
Ragnar versus Rodstaff
Woodsman versus Warlord
Woodsman versus Warlord

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