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Viking children from Ribe in Denmark

Viking Children. 26 Photos from Ribe in Denmark

Viking child exploring the world outside the Viking house
Viking child exploring the world outside his home at Ribe VikingeCenter

Vikings  in Ribe – a favourite subject to photograph

Those who follow this blog will probably have noticed a long time ago, that Vikings are one of  my favourite subjects to photograph (I am Gudrun from Danhostel Ribe – the hostel in Ribe, Denmark).

Viking children do also see the beauty of dandelions
Viking child exploring the big world

Photos of Viking children

Throughout the years I have also photographed Viking children.   In this new blog post I will  show you some of my less known photos  –  most of them never published before.

Viking woman with child at Ribe Viking Market
Viking woman with child at Ribe Viking Market

Ribe International Viking Market

I hope these photos will remind you of the big international Viking Market in Ribe. In 2016 it will take place from the 2nd of May to the 8th of May at Ribe VikingeCenter. The market brings 500 Vikings from all over Europe to Ribe in Denmark.

Viking boy with sword and drinking horn
Viking boy with sword and drinking horn

Similar Viking photos

A few of the photos might look like photos you saw before. Maybe you have seen  one similar to this one here: Vikings 

Viking food at the Viking market in Ribe, Denmark
Viking food at the Viking market. Viking woman and her son cooking Viking food at the market

Viking photos I never stopped liking

Most of these photos I took over the last couple of years, but a few are older. Like this one – it is almost 10 years old. The boy is now an adult, and maybe you’ll meet him as a Viking warrior or a tradesman in Ribe .

Viking children learn early to work with their fathers or other grown ups
Viking child learning carpentry

Learning Viking’s skills at an early age

During the Viking Age it was common for the children to start helping their parents from a very early age. They had to learn skills as farming, trading and also fighting.  In Ribe VikingeCenter you will see Viking children work with real axes and hammers.

Viking boy working as as a helper or a smith's apprentice
Viking boy working as a smith’s apprentice

This Viking boy works as a smith’s helper and will probably once  become a skilled craftsman himself.

Viking girls had to learn to milk the cows
Viking children. Girls help at the farm

Skills of Viking women and girls

Most of a Viking woman’s life was bounded by working at home. She was responsible for the household, and had all the keys to the house in her belt. She was cooking and taking care of the smaller children. If they were farmers, she milked the cows and made the cheese, but she should also be able to run all the farm while her husband was away.

Viking child baking bread
Viking girl baking bread

Viking cooking and brewing

Viking girls helped their mothers. They had to learn to cook and brew beer and mead. They would also learn to make cheese from milk.

Handwork of a Viking girl
Handwork of a Viking girl – while she is keeping an eye on her younger brother

 Handwork of Vikings

Women and girls also spent much of their time spinning, weaving and making clothing.  Sewing and repairing old clothes were important too.

Viking boy selling Viking beads at the market
Viking boy selling Viking jewelry at the market

Selling Viking jewelry at Ribe Viking Market

At the big international Viking Market in Ribe are many wonderful things for sale – and Viking children are taught to be skilled tradesmen.

 to start a fire and keep it going
A Viking child had to learn how to start a fire and keep it going

Keeping the fire going – a vital knowledge

Viking children and fetched water and collected sticks for firewood, but it was also vital for the older children to learn how to start a fire and keep it going.

Viking baby at the Viking Market in Ribe
Viking baby at the Viking Market in Ribe

A  Viking baby

This little Viking baby is lucky. At the Viking Market in Ribe he was cared for and admired. If he had been born in the Viking Age his first challenge would have been to survive.  Many children did not survive infancy and childhood.

Viking children also learn to be a warriors
Viking children learn to be warriors early in life

Viking children – Playing and learning Viking life

Viking children had to learn many skills necessary for survival in the Viking Age – for the boys one of them was to be successful warrior. Also some Viking girls learned to fight.

Viking boy on guard against enemies
Viking boy on guard against enemies

Boys were taught to use sword, spear, battle-axe and shield at an early age. The youngest boys had toy weapons, but the toys were an important part of learning real-world survival.

Viking boy playing by the river bank
Viking boy playing by the river bank

In the blog post Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market you can see a photo of Viking Boys  playing the the Viking board game Tafl (- or Hnefatafl) and another photo of Viking boys playing by a river bank trying to reach the other side with a rope without getting wet feet.

Viking girls made and played with dolls
Viking girl with Viking toy doll made from wool

Also Viking girls played with dolls. This Viking girl is playing with a toy doll made from wool.

Viking instruments - castanets
Viking boy with castanets. Viking instruments

Viking instruments

Vikings liked music and had a variety of instruments –  castanets were some of them. A wonderful photo of a boy playing a Jew’s harp a can be seen here Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market

Viking childr with dandelion
Viking child with flower
Viking girl at Ribe Viking Market
Viking girl at Ribe Viking Market
Viking child picking dandelions
Viking child picking dandelions
A viking drinking horn
A viking boy with a drinking horn
Viking boy in Viking ship at Ribe Viking Museum
Viking boy with the Ribe cup in Viking ship at Ribe Viking Museum

Viking raids

When Viking children grew up most of them would be farmers, traders and craftsmen, but some of them would also sometimes join Viking raids and bring back treasures from abroad. This boy is admiring the Ribe cup. This beautiful little silver bowl was part of a silver hoard from the 700s found in Ribe. The cup has a Christian motif and was originally used in church ceremonies. The cup is Frankish and produced in southern Germany or the Alpine region. How it ended in the pagan Ribe is still all in the air. Was it stolen goods of a Viking raid or part of a trade?

Weeping viking child
Weeping Viking child

 Enough – He wants a break!

For small children, Ribe Viking Market can be a little overwhelming – so I’ll stop for a while.


Viking Places in Ribe


Viking girl - Ribe, Denmark
Viking girl in tent. Ribe, Denmark

Hope you have enjoyed my photos. Please like and share with other Viking freaks – but please don’t copy.
Here are links to more of our blog posts with Viking knowledge and Viking photos from Ribe in Denmark:

– And don’t forget to book your room at the hostel in Ribe

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© All photos were taken by Gudrun Rishede, Danhostel Ribe

International Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark

Soak up the Ambience and some Viking History at the International Ribe Viking Market in Denmark

Every year we enjoy to step back in time to wander amongst the Vikings and the Viking Market stalls at the International Viking Market in Ribe.

Ribe Viking Market in Denmark
Ribe Viking Market in Denmark

Ribe Viking Market is Denmark’s most authentic Viking Market. Every spring it attracts several hundred Vikings from all over Scandinavia and Europe. Often even Arab merchants will find their way to Ribe.
In this article you will only find photos from this year’s Viking Market

The Viking Women are sewing during winter in the manor house - the Viking longhouse
A Viking Woman is sewing in the manor house – the Viking longhouse at Ribe VikingeCenter

The Viking Market season in Denmark starts with Ribe Viking Market and of course the Vikings are eager to sell the various kinds of goods they have produced during the cold winter

The Vikings meet at the  market to buy, sell, meet Viking friends and listen to the latest news and gossip
The Vikings meet at the market to buy, sell, meet Viking friends and listen to the latest news and gossip from the Viking World

– of course they are also looking forward to meeting Viking friends

Vikings are meeting friends at the Viking Market and keep up with the latest news and gossip
Vikings meet friends at the Viking Market and keep up with the latest news and gossip

– and keeping up with the latest news and gossip from near and far.
Just as they probably did at Ribe Viking Market during the  Viking Age when Ribe was an important international Viking town.

Viking Age handcraft - a Viking drill
Viking Age handcraft – a Viking drill

We immerse ourselves in Viking history and keep learning new things about the Vikings’ fascinating world. This year one thing we learned was that this small drill was the Black & Decker of the Viking Age

Iron extraction in a clay furnace in Viking Age
Iron extraction in a clay furnace in Viking Age

– and how the Vikings built furnaces of clay and extracted iron

Viking woman selling her handmade garments of wool at the Market place next to Ripa Harbour (Ribe harbour at Ribe VikingeCenter)
Viking woman selling her handmade garments of wool at the Market place next to Ripa Harbour (Ribe harbour at Ribe VikingeCenter)

And of course we come home every year with new supplies of bargains like wool yarn in beautiful colours, drinking horns  and clay mugs –

Viking domestic utensils at Ribe Viking Market
Viking domestic utensils at Ribe Viking Market

–  leather, tools, jewellery, kitchen utensils, etc

Viking children play and learn from the grown ups
Viking children play and learn from the grown ups

We enjoy to see how the Viking children learn from the grown ups

A Viking raid
A Viking raid

– and that new wonderful Viking images will pile up in our camera. We frequently use them on Danhostel Ribe’s website, Danhostel Ribe’s blog and social media (Facebook , Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest).

Viking woman with Viking children
Viking woman with Viking children

Next time we write about Vikings in Ribe on this blog www.danhostel.org we might show you some of our lovely Viking Children photos

Excavation in Ribe, Denmark (June 2015)
Excavation in Ribe, Denmark. Professor Søren Sindbæk, Aarhus University, archeology students from Aarhus University, and archaeologist Maria Knudsen from Sydvestjyske Museer. (June 2015)

– or tell you about one of the newest Viking Age theories: that the Viking Age started in Ribe as early as 725 AD and not with a Viking raid to England in 793 AD  – or maybe tell you interesting news about the viking excavations that are going on right now (photo) as a continuation of the  excavations last year when archaeologists among others found a fully equipped Viking warhorse.

To be the first ones to know, please follow Danhostel Ribe on some of our social media.

Viking craftsman at Ribe Viking Market
Viking craftsman at Ribe Viking Market

Don’t worry if you missed Ribe Viking market this year, there are many other opportunities to get close to the Vikings in Ribe – Denmark’s oldest town – during the year.

Young Vikings in Ribe, Denmark
Young Vikings at Ribe Viking Market in Ribe, Denmark

If you want to know more about Vikings in Ribe and see more Viking photos:

Vikings on Icelandic horses
Vikings on Icelandic horses

Hope you have enjoyed our photos. Photos: Danhostel Ribe
Please like and share with other Viking freaks.

– And don’t forget to book your room at the hostel in Ribe

Book Online at Danhostel Ribe
Book Online at Danhostel Ribe
Find Danhostel Ribe på facebook
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© All photos were taken by Danhostel Ribe

Viking warriors at Ribe Viking Centre in Denmark

Ribe Viking Market – a top event in Denmark

Put Ribe Viking Market on your bucket list

Every year around May 1st Denmark’s most authentic Viking Market takes place in Ribe VikingeCenter. More than 500 Vikings from all over Europe meet to join the market.
Visitdenmark  – the Danish tourist board –  mentions it among the “Top events in Denmark 2015

Viking ready to fight
Viking ready to fight at Ribe Viking Market

Do you dare to look in the eyes of a Viking

In 2015 this event will take place from May 1 to May 8.
We hope you feel inspired to put Ribe Viking Market on your travel bucket list for  your next adventure when you have enjoyed (- or have been repelled) by our Viking photos of expressive Viking men’s faces.

Viking drinking from drinking horn
Viking drinking from drinking horn

Best photos from last year’s Viking Market

If you want to see more Viking photos, check out Danhostel Ribe‘s best Viking photos from last year’s market : Our best photos from Ribe Viking Market and the links on the bottom of this article.

Viking with eyes made impressive by a kohl-like eyeliner
This Viking is trying to impress you with long hair, a beard and eyes made impressive by a kohl-like eyeliner

The Vikings will make an effort to impress

Make no mistake – the Vikings will make en effort to impress you.
Maybe Vikings during Viking Age didn’t smell very well – but they wore jewellery, combed their hair and trimmed their beards and used a kind of kohl around their eyes to impress their enemies and win the attention of the women. Since the Viking woman could choose their own husbands, the Viking men had to make an effort in their appearance to be attractive for the women.

Arab with long hair and beard at the Viking market
Arab with long hair and beard at the Viking market

Long hair and beard symbolized strength

If longer hair and beard symbolized strength among the Vikings this Arab visiting Ribe Viking market was able to compete with them. He had the longest beard we have seen at the Viking Market. He named himself after Ibn-Fadhlan, an Arab writer who more than 1000 years ago described the Vikings as “the filthiest of all Allah’s creatures“.
Sadly, we will never meet Ibn-Fadhlan again in Ribe, as he passed away last summer. He was a good friend of the hostel and his good humor and kindness will be greatly missed. All honour to his memory.

ThisThis Viking will not make you feel very welcome
This Viking will probably not make you feel very welcome

Some Vikings will scare you…

This Viking may not have long hair and beard, but we think his eyes are scary, and we certainly wouldn’t like to meet him again at the Viking Market.

Viking with an axe
Viking with an axe

Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe

Last year Viking Denmark was on the “Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe” list and they said about  Viking Ribe  that it was “The jewel in Jutland’s Viking crown is Ribe”.

Viking boy with the firm and angry look of a grown up Viking
Viking boy with the firm and angry look of a grown up Viking

Boys grow up to become men

If you visit Ribe Viking Market yearly, you will see boys grow up to become men. This boy – Birk – is well on his way. We meet him every year at the Viking Market, and as you can see he already manages the impressive look of an adult Viking.

 Viking absorbed in his work
Viking absorbed in his work

What to do if you miss Ribe Viking Market

Ribe Viking Market marks the opening of Ribe VikingeCenter (Ribe Viking Centre) for the summer season ahead. So don’t worry if you miss the market, there are many other opportunities to get close to the Vikings in Ribe – Denmark’s oldest town – during the year.

Viking at Ribe Viking Market in Denmark
Viking at Ribe Viking Market in Denmark

Viking places in Ribe, Denmark

Viking Warrior training for children

Children 7 to 13 years old can – among others – learn how to fight as Vikings at Ribe VikingeCenter – so remember to put it on your family travel bucket list as well

Defeated Viking warrior
Defeated Viking warrior

Photography Exhibition at Danhostel Ribe

In our hostel you can see a Photography Exhibition of photos from Ribe and Wadden Sea National Park . Some of the photos are Viking photos, like this one of a defeated Viking. The photos can also be bought as postcards at the hostel.

Links:

Danhostel Ribe’s photographer Gudrun Rishede took these photos

Find Danhostel Ribe på facebook
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The Viking wise woman was the late Middle Ages witch

Viking Wise Woman reading runes. Ribe, Denmark
Viking Wise Woman reading runes. Ribe, Denmark

During Viking Age and Norse paganism  (approximately from 800-1100) the völva – wise woman – was a highly respected member of the Viking society. She was a seer, a fortune-teller, she saw and understood more than most people – she was a master of prophecy.
In Ribe – the oldest town in Denmark and Scandinavia – you can still meet a Viking wise woman (völva) at Ribe VikingeCenter (Ribe Viking Centre) and if you have the courage to let her tell her prophecy for you, you can let her throw and read the runes for you.
In this video you can listen to her prophecy for Danhostel Ribe’s photographer who had just survived a severe cancer (Danhostel Ribe = Ribe’s hostel):
During the late Middle Ages and Renaissance – when Christianity spread in Europe – wise women were considered as witches who practiced witchcraft.

Witch Maren Spliid - Street Theater
Witch Maren Spliid – Street Theater

During the witch hunts,  they  were condemned as witches and burned alive at the stake.

Ribe is famous for its witch trials. Denmark’s best known witch was Maren Spliid from Ribe, she was burned at a fire at the Gallows Hill near

Ribe on November 9th 1641. The last one burnt as a witch in Ribe was Anna Bruds who was burned April 1652.
When you walk around in Ribe Old town you can still see many houses from around 1600 AD with a cross carved into the wooden brackets that hold the roof. These crosses were meant as protection against witchcraft.

Witch cross in Ribe, Denmark
Witch cross in Ribe, Denmark

Be wiser on the Viking era and the Middle Ages in Ribe

In Ribe – Denmark ’s oldest town  – you can be wiser on the Viking era and the Middle Ages in Ribe Viking Museum (Ribes Vikinger), at Ribe Viking Centre (Ribe VikingeCenter), at Ribe Viking Market (1 week around 1st of May every year), by walking the Ribe Viking Walk, or Ribe Old Town Walk – and you can follow Ribe’s Night Watchman when he takes tourists on a free town walk through Ribe’s historic streets.

These links might also interest you:
Viking sacrifice of horse to norse gods at Ribe VikingeCenter
Viking Ribe in Viking Denmark

Looking for cheap accommodation in Ribe

Summary in Danish

VIKINGETIDENS SPÅKONE VAR MIDDELALDERENS HEKS

Under vikingetiden  (ca. 800-1100) var en vølve – vikingernes kloge kone – et højt respekteret medlem af Vikingesamfundet. Hun var en seer, en spåkone –  hun så og forstod mere end de fleste mennesker og var en mester i profeti.
I Ribe – den ældste by i Danmark og Skandinavien – kan du stadig møde vikingernes kloge kone (vølven) på Ribe VikingeCenter, og hvis du har modet, kan du lade hende kaste og læse runer for dig.
I denne video kan du lytte til hendes profeti for Danhostel Ribe‘s fotograf : Kaste runer

I løbet af middelalderen og renæssancen – da kristendommen spredtes i Europa – blev vølve betragtet som hekse, der praktiserede hekseri. Under Europas heksejagt blev de dømt og  brændt levende på bålet.
Ribe er berømt for sine hekseprocesser. Danmark bedst kendte heks var Maren Spliid fra Ribe, hun blev brændt på et bål på Galgebakken nær Ribe i 1641.
Den sidste, der blev brændt som heks i Ribe, var Anna Bruds, som blev brændt i 1652.

Kors i knægt - kors mod hekse
Kors i knægt – kors mod hekse

Når man går rundt i Ribes gamle bydel kan man stadig se mange huse med et kryds skåret i knægten, der holder taget. Disse kors skulle beskytte mod hekseri og stammer fra perioden omkring år 1600 efter den store bybrand i Ribe.
I Ribe – Danmark ‘s ældste by – med masser af fund fra Vikingetiden kan du blive klogere på vikingetiden og middelalderen på Museet  Ribes Vikinger – museum for vikingetid og middelalder, på Ribe Viking Center , til Ribe Vikingemarked (en uge omkring 1. maj hvert år), og ved at gå en Ribe Vikinge-Gåtur eller Gåturen i Ribes gamle bydel – du kan også følge Ribes Vægter, når han tager turister på en gratis byvandring gennem Ribes historiske gader.

Tilbud på Viking miniferie på Danhostel Ribe indtil 12.juli 2013

When pagan Vikings in Denmark sold slaves at Viking markets in Ribe – and the buyers were Christians

Ribe Viking Market. Reconstruction of Ribe about 700 AD
Ribe Viking Market. Reconstruction of Ribe about 700 AD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denmark’s first “pedestrian street” was founded already around 700 AD in Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe. Walking on this “pedestrian street” through Ribe Viking Market, you could meet people from North Scandinavia and South Europe; even Arab salesmen came to the Viking Market bringing exotic luxury goods as spices and pearls.
At the marketplace newcomers’ first impressions were mixes of people shouting for better sales of their goods, foreign languages, smells of food, garbage, and cow flops, and craftsmen producing all kinds of crafts from combs of bone to jewellery
from bronze, etc.
Ribe gave probably the most international impressions you could get in Denmark during the early Viking Age.
But why did this Viking market by Ribe River around 700 develop to be an enterprising metropolis with international commercial relations? And why did it quickly grow to be so big that Ribe was (maybe) the most important – town in Denmark? And why did it decline dramatically all ready again 150 years later around 850?

Slave trade could be a reasonable answer for some of Ribe’s rise around the Viking Age.
At the market it was possible to buy goods as drinking glasses, jewellery, spices, pottery, amber, leather, wool, food, wine, combs, grind stones, etc. – and PROBABLY ALSO SLAVES.
In the 150 years from 700 to 850 AD the Danes were still pagans. They believed in the old Nordic Gods such as Odin and Thor. But south of Denmark Europe was Christianized. In the early 700’s AD the Frankish Empire forced Christianity to the people around the Rhine. Christianity didn’t allow Christian people to keep Christian slaves. The Christian Church accepted slaves, but at the same time it was a good deed to free slaves. So what did they do? They probably went to their northern neighbour to get some pagan slaves.

viking-raid
Viking raid at Ribe Viking Centre

But why did Ribe decline again?
As Ribe was a major trading town it was an obvious choice for Christian missionary work. At the marketplace Christians mixed and traded with the pagan Vikings. About 855 the catholic monk Ansgar obtained some land from the Danish King Horik to build the first Christian Church in Denmark in Ribe. From now on Denmark starts to get Christianized and 100 years later, around 965 AD the first Danish king Harald Bluetooth (Harold Bluetooth) was baptized. He erected a runic stone in Jelling for his parents, King Gorm and Queen Thyra, proclaiming that he now had Christianized Denmark. This stone is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Jelling. Well it wasn’t that easy to Christianize the Danes, for many years Christians and pagans lived side by side, but of course it became more difficult to buy slaves.
Another important reason that influenced Ribe’s situation was probably that around mid 800’s the Frankish Empire declined. After Charlemagne’s death (Charles the Great in 814) no strong central power ruled in the Frankish Empire and many wars between France and Germany continued for centuries. The European trade fell, people were getting poorer and also the first Danish Viking raids started in the late 700’s AD and when the Frisian capital Dorestad was attacked in the 830th the raids really escalated. Around 850 Ribe got surrounded by a town moat to protect the citizens. The good times for Ribe were over and didn’t return until the mid-11th century when Ribe rose again as a very important Danish Christian metropolis

Jelling rune stone. Unesco world heritage
Jelling rune stone. Unesco world heritage

I have to emphasize that we don’t know if pagan Vikings in Denmark sold slaves to Christians at Ribe Viking market – it is only a most likely hypothesis. Maybe we will get wiser when archaeologists in this month start excavations to find Ansgar’s first church in Denmark around Ribe Cathedral again, where they all ready a couple of years ago found some of the first Christian burials in Denmark. Millions have been donated for these excavations and it is possible for everybody to follow the excavations all 2011. Ribe Cathedral is 5 minutes walk from Danhostel Ribe.

Sources:
Claus Feveile: Vikingernes Ribe. Handel, magt tro
http://lindegaarden.wordpress.com/

Denmark’s biggest Viking Market in Ribe grows even bigger in 2010

Don’t miss 9 days of authentic market atmosphere, when more than 300 Vikings from all over Scandinavia meet at Ribe Viking Centre for the yearly unique Viking Market.
This year the Viking Market will last for 9 DAYS because Ribe is celebrating its 1300th anniversary as a town.
1300 years ago – in the Medieval Viking Era – Ribe Viking market all ready existed at the river of Ribe, 2 minutes walk from our hostel Danhostel Ribe

Enjoy this movie from  Ribe Viking Market and I am sure you can’t wait to go there yourself

At the market you will meet the best Viking craftsmen working and probably strike a good bargain, you will smell the Viking Food being cooked in the fire place and meet the farmer and his animals. You will see horsemen on Icelandic horses, Viking warriors fighting, the falconer letting his birds of prey fly, musicians, jesters an if you are not afraid you can let the vølva Gunna tell your fortune.

See Viking photos from Ribe here