Ohhhhh I am getting ready to head out to Lindholm Hoje near Aalborg Denmark and I am now getting awfully nervous! I hope that I am prepared enough for this journey. Mrs. Graham and her time travel associates have put a great deal of time and energy into this project, I really don’t want to let them down but I am scared silly about the whole thing now. There are still a lot of unanswered questions that they keep reassuring me will work themselves out? To top it all off, I am currently suffering from some Gods’ awful plague like malady that has invaded my body! I did a trial run through the Stones that ended up not being quite as successful as everyone had hoped?
I think I might have brought back some long gone virus or disease back from that time? Mrs. Graham says Nonsense, I was probably already ailing, my thoughts went towards the extreme and resulted in my encountering a time of plagues… She says it’s a warning to guard my thoughts whilst traveling through any of the Stones and a reminder to focus entirely on when and where I intend to go… Her specific and exact words regarding this experience, “Let that be a lesson for you!” She was a bit impatient with me when she reminded me that I was only there for a minutes at the very most and No, I am not suffering from the Black Death! I admit that I may be over reacting and having a bad case of “cold feet” but that was no excuse for her ridicule me, especially when I am feeling so poorly as it is. She just Hmmmphed and stated that too much preparation and work has went into this project for it to be delayed or postponed because of my silly jitters over meeting a few Viking families.
Fine! I will just go ahead and make the trip… if I should die of this plague or pass it along to group of Viking villagers who are not suppose to encounter it as yet, it will be the fault of Mrs. Graham and her Time Travel Tours- Now, that won’t look so good for their publicity, will it!
I have tried to get her to answer my questions as to what sort of persona or life style I shall be embracing but she keeps avoiding the issue? She just keeps telling me that all of those details will be dealt with once I get there. Her pat answer is “Just follow your guide’s instructions and stay out of the way, do not call undue attention to yourself in any way!” Then she goes on about my physical fitness training… admonishing me and insisting that I put more effort into it. She did at one point mumble something under her breath about what a deplorable Shieldmaiden I would be?
Whaaaaat? Wait a minute… Ummmm no mention of that was ever made in this deal! Now, I have a feeling I am in serious trouble here- I am sooo not cut out to be a Shieldmaiden! I was expecting to go as some sort of indoor servant, or a well set traveler to their parts…. you know, a nice rather safe and boring persona that would allow me access to those people but not put me in the middle of any messes made!
A shieldmaiden (Old Norse: skjaldmær, Danish: skjoldmø, Norwegian: skjoldmøy, Swedish: sköldmö, German: Schildmaid) was a woman who had chosen to fight as a warrior in Scandinavian folklore and mythology. They are often mentioned in sagas such as Hervarar saga and in Gesta Danorum. Shieldmaidens also appear in stories of other Germanic nations: Goths, Cimbri, and Marcomanni. The mythical Valkyries may have been based on the shieldmaidens. The existence of shieldmaidens is heavily debated but scholars like writer Lars Magnar Enoksen and scholar Britt-Mari Näsström argue evidence for their existence, while scholar Judith Jesch disagrees citing lack of hard evidence.
Ummmmm, I am so not ready for this!