:: The Vikings of Bjornstad ::
Scottish Highland Gathering and Games
Pleasanton, California
One of the largest Scottish games events in the world, the Caledonian Club has put on the games since 1865.  Held in Pleasanton, California, about 50,000 guests attend each year.  Usually our largest show of the year.  Photos by Melinda Hughes-Berland, Ed Berland and Colin Adams


The Vikings of Bjornstad - contributing to Scottish history

   


Bjornstad arms and armor


Our display of Norse culture continues to grow

   


There goes the neighborhood


The Vikings launch a surprise attack on the Scots

   


The Scots organize and move forward


The clan chief, Diarmid Campbell (Richard Brown), is the lone casualty.  We think he died of shock.

   


Brian handles the archery portion of The Viking Art of War


Brian simulates an arrow launch.  Kay simulates gravity.


Colin demonstrates his leatherworking skills


Another visitor gets the full experience


Annie and Tory get ready to talk about Viking culture


Justin gives posing his dramatic best

   


Charlie interviews Henrik for his book on learning history from re-enacting.


Kay - on a mission

   


Brian and Ed losing a battle with a hauberk. 
(Photo from the Contra Costa Times.)


Annie, Tory and Kay take advantage of the shade

   


Charlie plays the sax


Brian makes a point

   


Henrik, with an axe to grind


Rick, looking for a bridge to defend

   


Charlie the Viking warrior


Douglas educates the crowd

   


Swords, shields - and an axe


Eagle and raven

   


Henrik and Ed provide a little combat


Douglas, the Viking trader, makes a deal

   


Bjornstad in a quiet moment


Charlie joins The Viking Art of War to talk about the sax

   


Kite shields


Round shields

   


Fred stands sentry


Justin - triumphant

   


Rick vs. the shield wall


Ed mourns his fallen comrades

   


Fred, Brian and Steve watch the action


Jack and Ed discuss the events of the day

   


Brian surveys the middle distance


Ed's ready for his closeup

   


Douglas, relaxed


Annie brought her axe

   


Kay and Tory enjoy the games


Jack gets ready for battle

   


Steve and Henrik display their kite shields


Viking era helmets: Ocular and Wenceslaus types

   


A well-armed group


Barbarians at the gates

   


Ed and Steve - spearmen


Ed stands ready

   
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