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Heilsa! Welcome!

Some of our members teaching visitors about life during the Viking Age at the Pacific Northwest Highland Games.

Welcome to the official website for the Glamfolk!  The Glamfolk are a Puget Sound-based society of reenactors dedicated to the study and recreation of life during the Viking Age (circa 700-1066 AD). The Glamfolk’s mission is to support and encourage the study and recreation of Viking Age life and that of the many cultures encountered by the Norse during that time through displays and demonstrations of authentic crafts, skills, equipment, and encampments.

To read more about the Glamfolk and it’s history, or to see where we may be going, please feel free to check out the “About Us” page for more details.

PLU Norwegian Heritage Days 2016

Many thanks to Dena Morford for taking so many wonderful pictures at this event!

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Something’s Fishy About The Vikings…

Sealife consumed by the Norse Peoples of the Viking Age

By: Kára Agnarsdóttir – August 10, 2015

The following is a presentation about many of the different oceanic lifeforms that the Vikings encountered during the Viking Age including various species of fish, crustaceans, sea mammals, and seabirds. Much of the information included is focused on the biology and science of how these species live in their environments, but this presentations still provides the viewer with some useful insight into what kinds of animals the Vikings may have encountered and consumed. Continue reading

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About the Ridgeway Hill Burial

How forensic anthropology was used in the analysis of the skeletal remains found at the mass burial at Ridgeway Hill to find who they were and what happened to them.

By: Kára Agnarsdóttir – September 3, 2015

Figure 1: The burial pit filled with skulls at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth in Dorset (Kennedy 2009).

Figure 1: The burial pit filled with skulls at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth in Dorset (Kennedy 2009).

In June 2009, archaeologists digging in Dorset County, UK discovered a mass of skeletons with a separate pile of skulls off to the side at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth in Dorset County, United Kingdom. The archaeologists had been working to recover any artifacts from England’s history prior to the installation of a new road in the area. Upon initial investigation, no artifacts accompanied the pile of skeletons making the find harder to guess at a cause for the burial pit or a strong hypothesis for who the skeletons were and when they were from. Archaeologists theorized that the site dated from the late Iron Ages to early Roman times, and looked to be the result of a “catastrophic event” such as from execution or disease (“Dismembered Skeletons Discovered”). Fortunately, through the use of forensic archaeology, the skeletons could be analyzed, and a story of what happened to them was revealed.  Continue reading

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Viking Age Women’s Head Cap


By: Kára Agnarsdóttir – September 20, 2014

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Untitled1During the Viking Age, a number of women’s head adornment accessories were in fashion including scarfs, woven headbands, caps and hoods. In the Norse settlement located at what is now Dublin, Ireland a distinctive hood-styled cap made from a small rectangle folded in half lengthwise and sewn up the back edge was popular. A point at the rear crown of the cap (rather than rounding the rear off to fit to the skull) seems to be unique to Dublin, while similar (rounded) versions have also be found throughout other parts of the British Isles (Ewing 2007). Continue reading

Figure 1: Sunstones & Polarization (Karlsen, 8)

Viking Age Navigational Tools for Oceanic Exploration

Written by: Kára Agnarsdóttir – April 6, 2015

Throughout history, the Norse people of the Viking Age (commonly referred to as “Vikings”) were known as violent marauders who raided, raped, and pillaged innocent coastal villages throughout Western Europe. While that may be true, they were also an expansive culture that established extensive trade routes, founded a number of cities that still stand today, and explored the North Atlantic further than any other European culture at the time. Few can deny the prowess of the Norse on the seas, but few realize their significant impact on oceanic exploration. The Norse people were accomplished sailors and particularly skilled navigators. Continue reading

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Making a Tablet Woven Band

By: Kára Agnarsdóttir – September 20, 2014

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Tablet woven bands were widely used to embellish various garments and even in some cases worn alone as a headband throughout the Viking Age. Numerous surviving examples have been found at Viking Age Norse archeological sites all throughout Europe including (but not limited to) Scandinavia, the European Mainland, and the British Isles. Considering this, I thought that I should try my hand at learning how to do some basic tablet weaving and have created a thin band of weaving with a basic chevron design. I will use this band (and more in the future as my skills build) to further embellish the period costumes I create and create a more authentic look and feel. Continue reading

Of Thralls and Freemen: Norse Social Structure in the Viking Age

Much like most societies throughout history, the Norse of the Viking Age practiced a hierarchical society consisting of multiple class levels. At the top were the ruling class of kings, jarls, and landsmen who oversaw their lands. The middle class included freemen; these were the landowners, skilled workers, and farmers. The lowest social class was that of the thralls and slaves; these people were the primary source of hard labor in Norse society. In this article, a number of the various roles and rules involving the social structure of the Norse during the Viking Age will be discussed. Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Nordic Festival – Oct. 10

Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 04.30.15We will be holding a demonstration at  the Nordic Festival hosted by Embla #2 Daughters of Norway Tacoma, at Edgemont Junior High School in Edgewood, WA on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the gym.

We will have numerous displays including Arts and Sciences projects (hand Projects) made by our members, and a variety of items to show how the Norse peoples lived in their daily lives. Continue reading