Vikings of renown

  • Askold and Dir, legendary Varangian conquerors of Kiev.
  • Björn Ironside, son of Ragnar Lodbrok, pillaged in Italy.
  • Bagsecg, A Viking who Invaded and pillaged in England in 870, But was killed in 871 at The Battle of Ashdown.
  • Brodir of Man, a Danish Viking who killed the High King of Ireland, Brian Boru.
  • Halfdan Ragnarsson, pillaged in England conquered London and Northumbria, son of Ragnar Lodbrok
  • Cnut the Great, king of England and Denmark, Norway, and of some of Sweden,
    was possibly the greatest Viking king. A son of Sweyn Forkbeard, and grandson of Harold Bluetooth, he was a member of
    the dynasty that was key to the unification and Christianisation of Denmark. Some modern historians have dubbed him the ‘Emperor

    of the North’
    because of his position as one of the magnates of
    medieval Europe and as a reflection of the Holy Roman Empire to the south.
  • Egill Skallagrímsson, Icelandic warrior and skald. (See also Egils saga).
  • Eric the Victorious, a king of Sweden whose dynasty is the first known to have ruled as kings of the nation. It is possible he was king of Denmark for a time.
  • Erik the Red, colonizer of Greenland.
  • Freydís Eiríksdóttir, a Viking woman who sailed to Vínland.
  • Gardar Svavarsson, originally from Sweden, the discoverer of Iceland. There is another contender for the discoverer of Iceland: Naddoddr, a Norwegian/Faeroese Viking explorer.
  • Godfrid, Duke of Frisia, a pillager of the Low Countries and the Rhine area and briefly a lord of Frisia.
  • Godfrid Haraldsson, son of Harald Klak and pillager of the Low Countries and northern France.
  • Grímur Kamban, a Norwegian or Norwegian/Irish Viking who around 825 was, according to the Færeyinga Saga, the first Nordic settler in the Faeroes.
  • Guthrum, colonizer of Danelaw.
  • Harald Klak (Harald Halfdansson), a 9th c. king in Jutland who made peace with Louis the Pious and was possibly the first Viking to be granted Frankish land in exchange for protection.
  • Harald Bluetooth (Harald Gormson), who according to the Jelling Stones that he had erected, "won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity". Father of Sweyn Forkbeard; grandfather of Cnut the Great.
  • Harald Hardrada, a Norwegian king who died, along with his men, at Stamford Bridge in an unsuccessful attempt to conquer England
    in 1066. Only a fraction of the invasion force is thought to have made
    their escape.
  • Hastein, a chieftain who raided in the Mediterranean, Son of Ragnar Lodbrok.
  • Ingólfur Arnarson, colonizer of Iceland.
  • Ingvar the Far-Travelled, the leader of the last great Swedish Viking expedition to pillage the shores of the Caspian Sea.
  • Ivar the Boneless, the disabled Viking who conquered York, despite having to be carried on a shield. Son of Ragnar Lodbrok.
  • Leif Ericsson, discoverer of Vínland, son of Erik the Red.
  • Naddoddr, a Norwegian/Faeroese Viking explorer.
  • Olaf Tryggvason, king of Norway from 995 to 1000. He forced thousands to convert to Christianity. He once burned London

    Bridge down out of anger because people were disobeying his orders
    (and this is conjectured to be origin of the children's rhyme "London Bridge
    is Falling Down
  • St Olaf (Olav Haraldsson), patron saint of Norway, and king of Norway from 1015 to approx. 1030.
  • Oleg of Kiev, led an offensive against Constantinople.
  • Ragnar Lodbrok, captured Paris.
  • Rollo of Normandy, founder of Normandy.
  • Rorik of Dorestad, a Viking lord of Frisia and nephew of Harald Klak.
  • Rurik, founder of the Rus' rule in Eastern Europe.
  • Ubbe Ragnarsson, son of Ragnar Lodbrok, pillaged in England and was killed in 878 at The Battle of Cynwit.
  • Sigmundur Brestisson, Faeroese, a Viking chieftain who, according to the Færeyinga Saga, introduced Christianity and Norwegian supremacy to the Faeroes
    in 999.
  • Sweyn Forkbeard, king of Denmark, Norway, and England, as well as founder of Swansea
    ("Sweyn's island"). In 1013, the Danes under Sweyn led a Viking
    offensive against the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England. The English king
    was forced into exile, and in late 1013 Sweyn became King of England,
    though he died early in 1014, and the former king was brought out of
    exile to challenge his son.
  • Thorfinn Karlsefni, explorer who, along with Freydís Eiríksdóttir, sailed to Vínland. His wife Gudridr gave birth to Snorri, the first European known to have been born in the New World.
  • Thorgils (Thorgest), founder of Dublin.
  • Tróndur í Gøtu, a Faeroese Viking chieftain who, according to the Færeyinga Saga, was opposed to the introduction of Christianity to, and the Norwegian supremacy of, the Faeroes.
  • William the Conqueror, ruler of Normandy and the victor at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, considered by historians as the last great Viking invasion. His kingship of England saw the end of
    the Anglo-Saxon era and the encroachment of continental magnates and the
    ideals of Christendom.
    His great great uncle was Cnut the Great.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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