Njörðr’s Wanderers

Njörðr’s Wanderers portrays a typical seasonal trading camp found along waterways from Dublin to Haithabu between the years 800-1000. We focus our interpretation on the people, activities, and goods found within these camps, in a first-person format using appropriate roles, clothing, trades, and equipment. We may be called upon to interpret a camp from a variety of locations in western Scandinavia, to Frankia, around the British Isles and Ireland, and Iceland. We set up our camp with merchant’s booths and tents, where we give ongoing demonstrations of various crafts, including wood, metal, leather, and textile work. Other non-crafting trades and roles are also portrayed, such as traders in fur and ivory, foodstuffs and fisherfolk, town guards, religious figures and nobility, law speakers, transients and travelers, and those who build the town. Members also discuss the details and mechanisms of trade and daily life in the Viking Age.

We participate in several events throughout the year, including the Manassas Viking Festival, Mid-Maryland Celtic, Adams County Irish, McLain Festival in Carlisle, Dill’s Celtic, and Maryland Irish Festivals. We also give educational programs to school groups, Boy Scouts, with Baltimore & Carroll County homeschoolers, and the YMCA. Our members are located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, and we are working to establish and expand living history opportunities for ourselves and other living history groups and events.

Njörðr’s Wanderers will be camped out at the western end of Midway Boulevard, beyond the Lower Corral vendors and across from the Sheepdog Demonstration area.

To find out more, look for Njörðr’s Wanderers on Facebook or email .

Njörðr’s Wanderers from the 2021 Virtual Festival

Njörðr’s Wanderers: A discussion on the role of wool in the Viking Age

Thus Comes the Maiden: Norse poetry on fiber and society

Fiber Etymology: The evolution of fiber terms

Fiber Lore: Fibers role in cultural belief

The Golden Thread: The role of fiber arts and the fates

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home...

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