Friday, 27 March 2009
Vikings: What NOT to do
I'm no Viking costume expert, but even I know this is wrong:
There is NO evidence for horns on Viking helms, and just imagine how impractical they'd be in battle! I don't know quite how this myth got started, but it reminds me more of Wagnerian opera singers than of real Vikings. I've never seen big, wide, buckly belts and arm bracers either, though I'll leave dear Selkie to supply the details.
And this is even worse:
This is the general SCA consensus on what Viking women really wore. Recent research suggests that perhaps they dressed more like this. In either case, tattered suede minidresses are RIGHT OUT.
And if you rent this thing, you'd better be staging the Ring of the Nibelung:
Ladies' golden, breast-accentuating armour is Victorian.