Viking Hersir, Lindisfarne, 793Fernando Ruiz Miniatures
Sculpture: Jonatán Monerris
Painting: Marc Masclans
Number of parts of the kit: 4
The Vikings were a Northern Europe folk of Germanic origin that lived in the area that today is Scandinavia. Raiders and traders, their highly developed seafaring skills allowed them to navigate all the seas an main rivers of Western Europe, influencing greatly in the destiny of several nations like Great Britain or France in what became known as “The Viking Era”.
In the year 793, a Viking raid reached the British Isles for the first time at the monastery of Lindisfarne, in a small tidal island in the coast of Northumberland. According to the “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle”:
“In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the land of the Northumbrians, and the wretched people shook; there were excessive whirlwinds, lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and a little after those, that same year on 6th ides of January, the ravaging of wretched heathen people destroyed God’s church at Lindisfarne”.
The news of the raid were received with consternation through all the Western Christendom. The Viking era had started…
Our miniature portrays a Viking Hersir during the raid. The Hersirs were military commanders that led a contingent of around 100 men and pledged allegiance to a powerful jarl or the king itself. This particular warrior is armed with the classic Viking axe and round shield.