My favorite group at the Derbyshire Renaissance Faire was without a doubt the Vikings Of The New NorTHUMBria. The thumb is emphasized due to them being from the thumb portion of Michigan. If you aren't from Michigan go look up a map of Michigan on Google Maps and you will see what I mean. It's OK, we'll wait.
This is the Viking Ingvar who admitted to being shameless when I asked to take his picture.
Here he is teaching my daughter to play a game that I think was called "Send Them To Valhalla". It was sort of a mash up of tic tac toe and chess. Ingvar makes these boards and sells them. And yes, we bought one.
After beating Jade honorably at the board game, Ingvar read a story about Leif Erickson to Jade and Megan. At which time we also discussed a bit about the Vikings being in North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
Here the group was getting ready for a telling and acting out of Beowulf. Ingvar was the story teller while the rest of the group, including his lovely wife Katta, acted out what he was telling behind him.
I didn't think to ask at the time, but I wonder now if the rest of the group are Ingvar and Katta's children.
Here we have the King of Denmark. Laughing and having a great time at a party in his feasting hall.
Then Grendel comes to shake things up. Sort of put a damper on future parties. No king likes to have their favorite subjects eaten and dismembered.
Luckily Beowulf comes in to save the day. He defeated Grendel and his mother. Later he gave his life slaying a dragon to protect his people. He was buried where he fell along with the dragon and his treasure.
This really was a great group at the Faire. They were fun to talk to and really seemed to love sharing their knowledge. I hope to see them again at a faire or other event in the future.