Attention all vikings, would be vikings, friends of vikings and other lowlife, it's V.D.O.G. time. (oops! Vendels, sorry)
That's right folks, it's time once again for Valhalan Day on the Green, brought to you by those fun loving folks of friendly Tribe Rot Mahne. This year Valhallan will be held on October 25 and 26 (with Friday night setup revel) at River Front Park in Marysville. There are flush privies there, as well as a store within driving, in fact walking, distance an dof course, your friends from the Red Mane. For those who have been out of kingdom or locked in a closet for five years, Valhallan Day on the Green is a Viking tourney (Vendel, sorry), put on by Tribe Rot Mahne to benefit the Principality of Cynagua and its shires. Although it is Viking (Vendel, sorry) tourney, all people of all periods and all cultures are invited/encouraged/begged to attend.
There will be several contests; all the traditional ones and lots more non-fighting ones than before. The ones you have to get ready for are: viking costume; cooking (a Scandinavian dish); mead brewing; skaldic poetry (the piece must be original and new. There will be another contest for poems written about any event that takes place on Saturday.); persona competition; and the best Celt, Britton or Pict joke.
We will have the prize for last years unbelted competition, an A frame pavilion, up again for this year. We will have a Holm Gang competition, with shield bearers, a treasure chest melee and the traditional Ragnorok and Rot Mahne vs. the Known World melees, (come on Known World, you've lost every year), the Harald Hadraada memorial best all around viking contest, other neat things and, of course, bear pit wrestling.
The Gjellerhorn competition, held each year to keep the Tribe's newsletter from going under, will be a bit different this time. In the past, the four top fighters at the event have been chosen and auctioned off, a quick list was held and the person who bought the winning fighter got the prize (usually one of the best at the event). This year the competition will be open to all knights and there will be two prizes, one for the victor and one for the person who buys him or her at auction. There will be no actual entry fee.
The sucker, er, autocrat is, as usual, Valgard Stonecleaver, (phone omitted).
From The Page (October, 1986):
We, the assembled members of Tribe Rot Mahne, do invite you to a Valhallan Da on the Green, October 25 and 26 in Riverfront Park, in Marysville. V.D.O.G. is a viking prize tourney put on to benefit Cynagua's shires. Here is the updated contest and prize list:
Unbelted prize list (A-frame pavilion), the gjallerhorn knights auction list (buyers prize, a girdle, fighters prize, a heraldic window), a holmgang competition (rattan), ragnorok melee (jewelry), skaldic contest (a goblet), on site skaldic (jewelry), spear throwing (pelts), viking costume contest (a viking charm necklace), personna contest (a tender kits). Plus, there will be a viking pentathlon -- on site cross stitch, best Celt, Britton or Pict joke, axe throwing, knife throwing, monk throwing, mead brewing, scandanavian cooking and a treasure chest melee.
But wait, there's more. The Tribe of the Red Mane is once again planning to hold the field against the Known World. Now is your chance to beat up the hated vicious mean vikings like you've alwyas wanted too. Of course, they'll be hitting back, and they're 5 and 0.
But wait, there's more. Act now and enter all the contests and you could win the Harrald Hadraada memorial best all around viking contest. The prize is to be a great axe.
But wait, there's more. The tribe has searched and scoured the land, hunted and trapped to the four coners of the world, to find and bring back the most vicious, mean, bad tempered ravenous bears in the world for the great and glorious bear pit wrestling.
But that's not all. You also get the famous V.D.O.G. bardic circle, there's a potluck feast (don't everybody bring bread), more contests we haven't thought of yet, and as if this isn't enough you are all invited to the wedding of Tracier of the Grey Wastes and Tara O Brea. Who could refuse? Come and celebrate with us.
To get there. (directions omitted)
The autocrat, Valgard Stonecleaver, can be reached at (phone #s omitted).
Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.
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