Scop. Love the word. First heard it when I was in an English class and we were reading an English translation of Beowolf. The idea that a scop (storyteller) would have a special place in Viking society was an appealing thought. In communities the storyteller is also a main culture bearer.
When I stopped by Vikings Day at Lutheran Church in the Foothills in June, the first person I saw was the scop. He was in command of his audience's attention. This despite the heat being great and the traffic on Foothill Blvd. being pretty busy.
There was much more to explore on this day that had a lot of the positive side of Viking Culture and lifestyle.
It was hard to stop watching these two as put together a whipcord. They found a rhythm and passed the spindles back and forth with apparent ease and great precision.
Being SoCal Vikings they made the whipcord while wearing flip flops.
It was encouraging to see these young folks, and the other folks that were there, re-connecting or reinforcing their historical roots.
While there weren't a lot of crafts set up outside, what they had seemed wonderfully Nordic. Mind you, I don't really know a thing about symbolism in Norwegian or Nordic cultures, but the woodburned design on the angular chest seemed elegant in its simplicity. There was a manliness about it.
By contrast the Rosemaling was all contrasting colors, graceful lines, and elegant form.
Very much like the artisan who shared her art and her heritage that day.
Looking forward to spending more time at the event next year.
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