Viking warriors on warpath to rally the troops

Vikings charge through the Peace Gardens to rally their troops for the Jorvik Viking Festival.
Vikings charge through the Peace Gardens to rally their troops for the Jorvik Viking Festival.
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PREPARE for battle!

Vikings armed with swords and shields have been on the rampage in Sheffield, nearly 1,000 years since their forefathers first set foot in the city.

Three fierce warriors were rallying troops on their way to York, where the annual Jorvik Viking Festival is taking place from February 19 to 27.

The men, who re-enact the Viking era with the York Archaeological Trust, demonstrated battle tactics and enlisted passers-by to try their hand at sword combat and war chants.

Sarah Maltby, from the trust, said Sheffield has a strong Viking heritage.

“Their influence is felt throughout Yorkshire through dialect and place names,” she said.

“Places ending in ‘thorpe’ are Norse for a corner of land, as with the Sheffield areas of Osgathorpe and Grimesthorpe.”

The three Vikings will be taking part in the festival’s battle finale.