:: The Vikings of Bjornstad ::
Ravensborg - A Viking Longfort
 "The Return of the Dead"
October/November 2016
 
Ravensborg is a reproduction of a Viking longfort on beautiful property owned by Sam Shoults.  Its construction has been aided by a growing group of dedicated, and skilled, volunteers.  It strives to achieve an authentic depiction of a Viking Longfort as it would have appeared along the Scandinavian trade routes of the Viking Age.  It opens up to the public twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, and fills with Viking re-enactors.  It's four miles Northeast of Knox City, Missouri. If you're mapping it, it's at 40.169921, -91.961006.  In 2016, Jack, Ed and Henrik journeyed from the San Francisco Bay Area to join in the fun.
   


Our first view of Ravensborg.  Impressive.



The front gate beckons



Ravensborg has a raised berm around it and wooden defenses



A lot of work has gone into the construction.  The longhall.



The forge



A tent, the Angus house and another building going up



There's even a runestone



The long house, complete with firepit


Ready for Vikings



Jack and Bjornstad have arrived


Jack, Henrik and Ed enjoying themselves



Annika sets up her stall


We should have read the runes...



A helmet for all occasions


Fun for the whole family



Thora, temporarily at rest


The kitchen



The oven


It's a hike and hunt



The neighbors


Training begins



Youth versus experience


Jeff holds them off



A one-on-one duel


The warriors gather on the hillside



A little instruction



The weather cooperated nicely



Sam works at the firepit


Over 60 Vikings joined the fun



The Bjornstad tent provided a little shade and shelter



Visitors and shoppers drop in



Jeff has an Old Norse T-shirt:

"Af sæmd kemr máttr"

"From honor comes strength", more or less


Jeff in his dinner finery



Ed visiting with the neighbors


Nope, that's not an outhouse in the middle - it's a storage shed



Young Vikings


Arts and crafts on the bench



Lena sells fabric


Bjornstad is between the buildings and behind Lena's trading stall



A geteld-style tent



Derek gears up



It's time for battle


Combatants doing what combatants do



Henrik watches the warriors gather



One in the middle, and the others take on the fighter one at a time



Waiting for his turn



Fighters choose their weapons



"I hit him right about there..."



Learning how to do it



Waiting for the outcome


A horsetail helmet


The Angus family.  A wooden sword will have to do for now.



The Bjornstad runestone traveled 2,000 miles to make an appearance...



... and the base broke



The archery and axe-throwing range



Henrik provides some advice and counsel


Ed helps Madison


Henrik and Madison throw some axes



Henrik nails it


Jack likes the pattern



Ed and Annika pose for a shot


Cindy joins in



Annika, Cindy and Susan (I think)


Nice bling



Evening approaches


The shadows get longer



The sun sets on the encampment


The clouds do their best to be photogenic



Dinner in the longhouse (and it was much darker than this appears)


The incredible meal included venison, pork, chicken, blueberries and a half-dozen other dishes



The raven tent at sunset



On Sunday, Jack visits the boat shed


Henrik adds an owl figurehead



Ravensborg, 2016

  ©   For information contact Jack Garrett at info@vikingsofbjornstad.com