Saturday, July 28, 2012

Norse folklore and boats

It's been a couple days since I've had wi-fi!

On Thursday we had class at the Viking Heritage Center in Unst. There we learned about Viking voyages and mythological creatures in folktales. It's amazing the stories that were passed down through the generations about trows (trolls) and njuggles (water horses). There was also a growler or greela (sp?) who would take unruly children and eat them. The things we tell our children so they will behave.

In the afternoon we went to the Unst boat haven to learn about fishing boats and then saw a replica of a Viking longhouse and longship. After that we took two ferries back to mainland Shetland back to Port Arthur House at the North Atlantic Fisheries College.

In the evening I ate comfort food of macaroni and cheese with salad and chips (french fries) and then it was off to a boat ride on the Dim Riv in Lerwick. We sailed on a replica Viking boat. It was a beautiful view of the city. We saw some seals poking their heads out of the water near the fishing boats. It was a wonderful way to spend the evening.

Many peoples tell folktales of the selkies that are seals in the water and human in land. Looking at the curiosity of the seals and the mystery in their eyes, I can see why such stories have been created.

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