A sacrifice to Frej has been given as a thank for a good harvest, and the sun’s life-giving light has begun to cheer for the winter’s coming. The people of the village are gathering indoors with winter crafts in their hands and you’re more than welcome to sit down with them, play games and enjoy the fire.
The Iron Age Village, Odins Odense is open throughout the autumn holiday from 14 to 22 of october – 10 AM – 4PM
At Monday and Tuesday you can try to “go to Iron Age”, a leisure time for the whole family. We have gathered a bouquet of “go to the Iron Age” activities where you can see if it is something you would like to try more of. Taste the the recipes of the “Old Nordic Cuisine”, help the smith in his workshop, try the martial arts of the past, work with leather and help sacrifice to the Gods for a good winter.
Furthermore, during the week, you can meet Iron Age people and Vikings who pursue different antiquities, see for example. how Italian mosaic sticks from church buildings are melted into beautiful glass beads. Our strong carpenters swing the axes when they cut the giant logs – dare you try?
You can also meet the author Ingvart Thyge Christiansen, who will read from his book “King humpbacks Saga”.
Iron age market
The warriors roar on the battlefield accompanied by the echoes of a sword clash. Iron Age salesmen hawk their goods around the marketplace and everywhere there is a smell of food from the fire pits.
Just like an arrow the falcon cuts through the sky. In a sudden impulse the bird dives towards the ground, but evades at the last minute and lands elegantly on the falconer’s outstretched arm. Not far away the market is beginning to wake. The sun creeps up over the bright green deciduous trees surrounding the site. It’s May and market day in Odin Odense. The white cloth tents are already buzzing with life. Trade goods are put on display, and crafts of all kinds portrait trends of the past.
Grab the opportunity to make a good deal and hear a story or two. At Odins Odense’s market there is something for all the senses. So pack the family, and get ready to get the historic backpack filled to the brim this lovely weekend in May.
Program for both days:
10.00 The gate opens
10.30 Gladiator show
11.00 Mythical storytelling
11.30 Viking match on the battlefield
12.00 Birdshow with owl and hawk
14.00 Birdshow with hawk and falk
14.30 Viking match on the battlefield
15.30 Archery show
16.00 Gladiator show
17.00 Thank you for today
Adults 60 DKK
Kids 30 DKK
Summer is at its peak and soon it will be time for the harvest. We give offering to the gods to ensure a good harvest and then celebrate with a feast. Bring your own food or buy food here and grill under the open sky in good company.Take the family to a cozy evening in Odins Odense. Take part in the celebration of summer with Iron Age people and the Vikings, where we light bonfires and tell myths around the fire. Children can play some of the ancient games from days past – and maybe you’ll even want to join in. Enjoy views of the meadows while the sun declines and swallows play in the wind.
We’ll light the fires, so you can grill your own food. It will be possible to buy Iron Age salads and bread – or make your own bread on a stick (snobrød), we have the dough. Beer, water and coffee can be purchased.
Experience the interpretation of ancient rituals. We celebrate the changing of seasons, thank the forces of nature and hail the old gods. Join in or just watch – everyone is welcome.
Days of Craftsmanship
Did you know that many of today’s craft techniques are thousands of years old? See the old crafts come to life here in Odins Odense!
Many of the crafts we know, have their roots far back in antiquity. Just think of the first paintings that were made in caves about 40,000 years ago. The first cutting tools were made by prehistoric man as early as 300,000 years ago! Man has been creative and always through the years developed crafts into pure art form. For example, the wood carvings found from the time of Iron Age and the finest Viking silver jewelry.
In Odins Odense, we want to keep the crafts alive so millennia of knowledge is not forgotten. This weekend you have the opportunity to see many different craft techniques. Meet a knife smith and learn about the art of forging. Find a nice leather bag, learn about basket weaving and see the glass maker shaping the finest pearls. Walk among the stalls and see the skilled craftsmen work. There will also be ample opportunity to buy unique Danish handmade items to take home.
Viking Jól (winter solstice celebration)
In the viking time Jól was the biggest festivity of the year. Join in and drink to Christmas together with the vikings and make toasts to the old Nordic gods wishing for a good and fruitful year. There will also be an opportunity to take a seat at out feast and taste some ancient delights.
Jól/Christmas was a time for rituals that were usually held in the mid of winter. It coincides with the winter solstice, where the sun seemingly stops it’s procession across the sky for a whole hour, before the yearly cycle starts for the light and warmth of spring.
At this time of the year there were held feasts, toasts and sacrifices, with one of the biggest feasts being held in the great hall where the chieftain presided. The feasts varied from region to region, across time and maybe even from one family to the other. In some cases it was a celebration of midwinter, others celebrated the winter solstice and some saw it as a fertility celebration. Jól was seen as one of the most important points in the year. The Jól celebrations helped develop and maintain various social and religious structures.