History of Birka

 

A short historical note about the name sake of our event.

 

The historic town of Birka existed in Sweden on Björkö Island in Lake Mälar during the 9th and 10th centuries. During its heyday it was a great trading center for the Vikings and travelers from the Nordic world. Items could be purchased there from around all of Europe as well as much of Asia. It was also the location of the first Christian congregation in Sweden, founded in 831 by St. Ansgar. Christians and pagans lived side by side in peace throughout the period of Birka. Birka and the nearby town of Hovgården were added to the World Heritage List in 1993 for being a well preserved example of the Vikings' trading networks during the two centuries when they expanded economically and politically in Europe. Birka is one of the most complete and untouched Viking Age trading sites from the years 700-900. We celebrate the heritage of Birka today in SCA context with a great market day. Enjoy!

 

 

A Tribute to Baron Olaf of Trollheimsfjord

 

            In the fall of the year Anno Societas XXIV (also known as 1989), a group of people in the Barony of Stonemarche decided to hold an event in January, make it all about shopping and give it a Viking theme. 

 

            Baron Olaf of Trollheimsfjord was part of that group, and under his supervision as Autocrat, the first A Market Day at Birka was held on January 6, 1990 at St. Stanislaus Hall in Nashua, and was considered an instant success.  Baron Olaf was Autocrat again the next year, then gave the reins to others to make their mark.  But no one ever forgot how he started this great event.  The Barony made him a Companion of the Millstone for service, and valued his words and remembrances about Birka very highly.

 

            Unfortunately, on Saturday, January 9, 2016, Baron Olaf of Trollheimsfjord passed away.