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The most frustrating thing about doing Viking age living history re-enactment is the questions that people ask: “why is your sword so light?” and of course, “where are your horns?” Repeatedly, these questions must be answered, but why do people have these images of past times anyway? Apart from Wagner’s fat lady singing opera with horns and a pointed bra, it is todays period films and television shows that lead people to believe these inaccuracies and ultimately provide a false lesson in history. Moreover, many of the storylines aren’t even true to the real events, giving a skewed portrayal of what is indeed, history. During the last few years spent as a re-enactor, I’ve learned nothing about film making or anything thereof; I have, however, learned a lot about specific historical lifestyles and events. Thus, I find myself thinking that it would be easier for filmmakers to follow the historical events rather than make new ones up from scratch, in turn, using their medium to teach people rather than raise more questions for me to answer.
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