LEKEGODEN AND THE TROLL
- With Jonas Berlin


Lekegoden and the Troll invite you to fight and play as true vikings. Games and sports was an integrated part of the life of the Vikings and it is the cause of their physique and mastery over the body. Try your skills in strength games, rope games, agility games, throwing games, skin/leather games and wrestling. We hand out medals in form of bruises!

In the world of the Viking games, feats of strength and sports go hand in hand. Sports is a broad term that includes skaldic poetry, handcrafts, weapon skills and to know the secrets of the runes. Games more commonly includes tests of strength, agility exercises, athletic

On a farm where many people would participate in games would be viewed upon as mighty, it showed that the farm had many men capable of fighting.

Games and sports was an integrated part of the life of the Vikings and it is the cause of their physique and mastery over the body. Therefore it was also very highly regarded by the warrior class, chieftains and kings. For the young the games were a way to educate themselves to become warriors, and for the elderly it helped to keep age at bay.

Women was also allowed to participate in the games, in contrast to the antique Olympic Games, and other similar events, this was due to the freedom women had during pre-Christian times.

Later on in the middle ages, when Christianity is more prominent the games and sports became more class dependent, the upper classes trained more towards battle directly, while the farmer class practiced more strength games, ball games and tug of war kind of games. Wrestling was one of the games that both upper and lower classes trained.