The Irish Film and Television Network (IFTN) reports that warriors, maidens, farmers, and others with long hair and sturdy armor are needed immediately to report to Dublin and County Wicklow for a special assignment.
Yes, the new History Channel series Vikings is on the look-out for extras–thousands of them, apparently!
The Vikings Extras Facebook page provides all of the details, including a list of real-life “types” they need, such as:
REAL FISHERMEN, SAILORS, ROWERS, AXEMEN & WOMEN, SWORDSMEN & WOMEN, ARCHERS, ROWERS, BOWMEN & WOMEN, CARPENTERS, CRAFTSPEOPLE, FARMERS, BUTCHERS, HUNTERS, BLACKSMITHS, METAL WORKERS, LUMBERJACKS, WHITTLERS, MIDWIVES, NURSES, MUSICIANS…
They note that all body types, large and small, and all backgrounds are welcome and there will be payment for participation.
So now is your chance. Live in Ireland? Thinking of moving to Ireland? Want to take that broadsword out of the mothballs and swing it over your head one more time? Feeling the itch to let an arrow fly? Or an axe? Heed the call and become part of this epic in the making!
Just don’t hurt Gabriel Byrne, ok?
Mr. Byrne does look a bit perturbed, it is true, but fear not!
He will have his stubble in fine shape by the time filming starts.
So, if you were to sign up as an extra for Vikings, what kind of Viking would you be? Share your Viking persona here in the comments section!
Long ship. Broad sword. They really didn’t use swords like the Broad sword till after the clans in England were united. The broad sword is a very unyielding creature, They are long, mines 58 inches long, heavy and can really only be used horse back. I was used for cleaving an arm off or cutting a body in half. But the short sword of the vikings was a much better weapon. It gave better control on either the up or down swing so was very useful for in fighting. I have a much small gladius that would have been more close to the type and size of the swords used during those time. Shielding was also different then Middle age England. been a smaller and lighter version of the Roman shield. And no I did not look any of this up and trust me when I say I have and can use my broad sword. If you want I’ll take a picture of both so you can see the differences. Smoochs
Ok. Thanks for the history lesson, Kim. ;-)
I am changing “long” to “broad.” I suppose watching this show on the History Channel really WILL be educational!
And you can learn more about Viking swords here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vmframe.html
As for being a viking. I would be one of the fighting women. Some say it’s a myth, but I get the feeling there really women who fought along side the men. And if not that then a fiercely dedicated woman. A woman who would fight for her family and those she loved above all else. The kind of woman who would die for them.
I wasn’t trying to be rude or anything like that. I think I will have my Son take a picture of all my swords. I’ll post it so every one can pick there fav.
Wow Kim you are a font of all knowledge! You learn something new everyday eh? Thank you for the sword info, it was interesting.
I never want to stop learning and sharing. even after I’m dead. Thanks.
Just read what I said. and what Billy said. No I am not a font of all knowledge. I don’t know half as much as some.
You know more than me, that makes you my font of all knowledge. hehehehe
Looking forward to seeing those swords, Kim! Seriously, all history lessons are welcome. And now we are having a good discussion about Viking personas in the Forum. Head on over there and tell us more about yours, everyone!
Posted some pictures, not very good will have to redo I think. But it gives a rough idea.