Viking Age name and persona development

After making my post about Viking Age names in Iceland from a museum exhibit, I started thinking about names for a persona while I play in the SCA. I started collecting a few ideas on that page, but then it all became very long and off-topic from the original post, so I’ve moved that information over here now…

I’m going to consider most of this a work-in-progress, as I’m sure to change things as I learn more.

Persona background:


  • Icelandic-born
  • Parents originally from Norway, who came to “Ísland” from Norway prior to 930 – when the ‘settlement age’ for Iceland ended, but after the intentional settlement by
    Ingólfur Arnarson & his wife Hallveig circa 870.
    (Source: “The age of settlement is considered to have ended in the year 930 with the establishment of Alþingi, when almost all land in the country had been claimed by settlers.” – &

    • (Starting point of parents coming to Iceland in 910, making the current year about 950)
  • Parents would have arrived on knörr,  a Viking cargo ship which would have held livestock, grains, tools, and other materials needed for intentional settlement. The voyage from Norway to Iceland would have taken one to two weeks by sea. (Source:

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Historical Sew Monthly April 2015 – x-dressing Norse

Norse man's tunic and pants, with a pillbox-style hat

Norse man’s tunic and pants, with a pillbox-style hat

Although I’ve been doing a bunch of research to get ready for this challenge, my research is no where ready for publication, so in order to (barely) meet the deadline for this challenge, I’m just doing a challenge post… and my research will come later.

Historical Sew Monthly April 2015

The Challenge:”April – War & Peace: the extremes of conflict and long periods of peacetime both influence what people wear. Make something that shows the effects of war, or of extended peace.”

My general starting point, is the Norse women who would have for a variety of reasons, worn typically “male” dress instead of typically “female” gendered clothing. Some of the women mentioned (in the Sagas) wore them while still being obviously female, while others wore them to ‘pass’ as men in battle. (That would be the “war” aspect to the challenge…)

The outfit is a pair of linen “Rus” style pants, a long linen tunic, and a wool pillbox hat lined in silk.

Fabric: 100% linen for the pants and tunic, wool (probably a wool-nylon blend) for the hat lined in 100% silk

Pattern: self-drafted

Year: 10th Century Norse

Notions: Thread, embroidery thread.

How historically accurate is it? The pants and tunic would have been wool in period, but I made mine in linen for summertime comfort. The hat style is actually from a Greenland find a few hundred years later… but seems to be an accepted style so far. The original (likely) wasn’t lined, but I wanted to line mine for comfort. I still need to make (or buy) a set of leg wraps for my lower legs.

Hours to complete: No idea.. the pants took a while because I tried a different pattern twice before giving up and doing them this way. The tunic was pretty straight forward, and the hat went together quite easily.

First worn: Just for photos so far – I probably won’t wear the outfit until I complete the leg wraps; maybe June Coronation weekend if I need something to run around in?

Total cost: $30 (+/-) for the pants, about the same for the tunic. The fabric for the hat was recycled/stash.

Trichinopoly for auction

Completed Viking Knit / Trichinopoly chain for the Avacal auction

Completed Viking Knit / Trichinopoly chain for the Avacal auction


I have a very simple Viking Knit chain to show off today, made of 24 gauge silver-plated copper wire, drawn down to approximately 7 mm in diameter. It’s finished off with a hand-made silver-plated copper (18 gauge) ring closed with spiral-wrapped ends, and was made using the single-knit technique.

I’m donating it to the Avacal Online Auction with proceeds going towards the Kingdom travel and general fund. If you’re interested in bidding, click the link and check it out! (Along with all the other beautiful things made by members of the soon-to-be kingdom.) The specific link to my necklace is here: Trichinopoly Chain

Completed Viking Knit / Trichinopoly chain for the Avacal auction

Completed Viking Knit / Trichinopoly chain for the Avacal auction

It is 25 ” / 63.5 cm long, including the ring. I made it this length so that it would fit over large heads, but not hang TOO low. The length means it doesn’t need an additional (non-period) clasp. It can be shortened, if you unwrap/open the ring.

Wearing the chain

Wearing the chain

The dressform I’ve photographed the chain on is a child-size form, in the photo above I’m wearing the chain. (and photoshopped out my scar..)

Chain shown with an example of a pendant (I'm not including the pendant mind you.. just an example...)

Chain shown with an example of a pendant (I’m not including the pendant mind you.. just an example…)

The photo above shows the chain with a pendant clipped on; I’m not offering up the pendant with the auction, it’s just for illustration purposes.