The Vikings bring sex appeal to Lismore Lantern Parade

Murray Ings of the Viking re-enactment group Rognvald Lith is looking forward to setting up the WInter Soltice Village for the Lantern Parade again. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern StarPhoto Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Murray Ings of the Viking re-enactment group Rognvald Lith is looking forward to setting up the WInter Soltice Village for the Lantern Parade again. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern StarPhoto Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

THE LISMORE Vikings are ready to heat up the coldest night of the year at the Lismore Lantern Parade thanks to the popularity of hit series The Vikings.

Lismore 'sheildmaiden' Alice Burgess, while a big fan of the show's hunky warriors, believes its central female character and feminist icon, Lagertha, is show's the real drawcard.

"She is smart, strong and independent," she said.

Lagertha, whose fitted bodices are far removed from the authentic apron dresses worn by the Lismore Vikings, inspired Ms Burgess to pick up the shield.

"The club now has three sheildmaidens," she said.

"Last year's Viking Village Solstice was huge. This year it should be even bigger."

The History Channel has turned up the heat for its first scripted drama with plotlines that include a three-way marriage between two hot, muscular Vikings and their Christian slave. However, it's a very G-rated affair around the Rognvald Lith camp fire.

"People love the village aspect of the group," Ms Burgess said. "We come together from all walks of life and from all ages. We've had two more babies born into the village this month.


"I think people are looking for that these days - spending time around the fire, seeking a simpler, more connected way of life.

The Viking Village Solstice will run alongside the Lismore Lantern Parade on June 20 and 21.

Visitors can walk through a Viking encampment and see how the people of the dark ages lived.

A supplied image of Australian actor Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok on the SBS series Vikings.
A supplied image of Australian actor Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok on the SBS series Vikings. Bernard Walsh


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