The Ulfrung Vikings

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Garbing up

Although we do not require entirely historical garb, there are a few hints for how to get your kit together. It is encouraged that you delve into history and continue to make your garb look better.

Basic garb

       The tunic I am wearing here is a natural colored linen tunic. Linen is comfortable and looks good. This one has a keyhole neckline and is long sleeved. You can roll up long sleeves, so I always recommend it.  This tunic is a little short. Normally you would want it to down to nearly your knees.  Shorter ones like this can be paired with a longer tunic of another color for a tiered effect.  A good tunic should be a persons first step in getting garb.

     I enjoy wearing viking themed jewelry. Vikings wore many glass beads, gemstones, and precious metals. Amber and jet were prized. Burial finds have found that men rarely wore than one piece of amber or jet, but women wore strings of them. Men would often wear silver around their arms and many wore pendants of various kinds. I wear a Mjolnir necklace and often some pieces of antler.

     The pants I am wearing are a heavy black linen blend. Pant styles change depending on what type of viking you want to portray.  Natural colors are the best way to start. As Ulfrung gain rank, better pants are expected.

     Wrapped around my legs are winingas. They are long wool strips wrapped from knee to ankle or even around the feet. They have hooks to close or can be tucked in. This is often a tricky costume piece to get on right.  I wrap mine tightly around my foot and finish just below the knee.  This is a great addition for winter garb or walking through wooded areas. It also really brings the costume to a higher level and helps cover up modern pants.

     When fighting I wear black leather shoes. They are modern but not an eyesore. They will pass for the game and our unit expectations for on the field. Natural colors are vital.  Although I have viking turn shoes but I don't wear them to fight.

     Always wear a belt with a tunic! You will look ridiculous if you do not. It is also useful to hold a belt pouch to carry your things in and a sword frog to carry your sword. I am wearing a basic belt in this picture. Most viking belts are thinner than modern day belts and much longer. Many companies will carry cast belt fittings to make your own belt, or you can buy a belt online.

Female Garb (Non fighting and Fighting)

   
     In this picture, Icy Stjarnudottir is wearing a pale blue linen tunic dress. It is long, comfortable and breathes well.


     Over the tunic dress, she is wearing an apron dress. This one is also made from linen. Many are made of wool, which is a much warmer alternative. The straps on the shoulders are attached with two pins. Traditionally it would be a pair of turtle brooches or possibly the trifoil brooches.
   
     Viking women would often string beads between the two brooches as a show of wealth and adornment. Some women would wear cutting small knives or scissors around their neck line. The woman in charge of household may also wear a key that went to a household chest.

Female Fighting Garb

      

         The fighter in this picture is Tari. She is wearing a blue linen tunic, different shade blue hood, black and blue buckler and armed with a bow and arrows. 


         The linen is light and cool. The hood is wonderful at keeping sun off the head and neck, particularly between fights. Different shades of color and layers of clothing really bring an outfit together. 


        The bow is a fiberglass bow decorated with leather and fur. Just a bit of something to make it unique and look less modern. 


       The focus of the eyes is searching for a target. She gazes across the field, looking for who will receive an arrow in the heart or between the eyes. 

Veteran Garb (Non Combat)_

         Pictured is Icy and Lock. Veteran garb is adding layers and accessories. For Icy, this is jewelry, glass beads, trim on her tunic dress and a pelt across the shoulder. For colder weather her tunic dress is wool. 

       For Lock, the veteran level is shown by layering tunics, tablet woven trim on the tunic, a wool hood, a pelt on top, a six panel hat trimmed in fur, a belt knife, viking sword and a pouch with brass fittings. 


       The steel weapons would not be allowed on the battlefield in the game, but they are often worn in camp.

Veteran Female Garb (Non Combat)

        
       This lovely group of ladies are standing in front of an A frame tent. They are all wearing glass bead necklaces attached to brooches. Accessories can include thin belts, belt knives, scissors or keys worn at the neck or belt.  Most of these dresses are a combination of linen tunic dresses and an apron dress over top.