Listen to Norse tunes while you review information about this course.
SO, YOU WANT TO BE A VÍKINGR...
Hirðmaðr training is for dudes who were unlucky enough to not get a proper Víkingr education as children. Believe it or not, these things happen!
Upon reaching the Hirðmaðr level, you will have a basic understanding of Norse culture, survival concepts, and warrior ethos. So, if you don’t known (or need a reminder) about Norse stuff, wilderness survival, or warriors - or how to be a man basically - this training program is for you.
As a Hirðmaðr, you are also assigned a Norse name, and you are granted full status in Víkingaherr (The Viking Brotherhood), upon completion of this course. This allows you to connect with your peers worldwide, share your values and lifestyle approach, as well as possibly be considered to join a local unit/tribe.
The Hirðmaðr training course is entirely completed online at your own pace. For our bros deployed in countries with unreliable internet access, we can also send all materials covered in the course on a USB key.
Hirðmaðr training is organized in 3 main sections (and various subsections): Norse Stuff, Survival Stuff, and Warrior Stuff. In order to pass the course, you must report to a Úlfhéðinn after each module, you must complete all provided assessments, and you must also successfully execute a final project.
Those training to become Hirðmenn are also encouraged to join Hirðmannahöll, the restricted Hirðmaðr Online Hall at www.Hirðmannahöll.com, so they may network with and learn from other Hirðmenn and members of Víkingaherr (including Úlfhéðnar).
What's covered in Hirðmaðr training:
NORRŒNT MÁL (OLD NORSE LANGUAGE)
Introduction to the fundamentals of norrœnt mál (Old Norse language) as well as Rök (Runes from the Norwegian variation of the Younger Futhark in use during the Viking age). Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
EDDUR (THE EDDAS)
Review of the Hávamál, Konungsbók Eddukvæða (Poetic Edda), as well as Snorra Edda (The Prose Edda), translated into a decent English version. Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
ÍSLENDINGASÖGUR (THE SAGAS)
Access to all the Íslendingasögur (Sagas of Icelanders) that have been translated into (an acceptable version of) English. Again, a Úlfheðinn is available to answer your questions.
FRÆÐI (NORSE HISTORY)
Norse history, ancient manuscripts, poems, and culture (Old Norse and Icelandic texts translated into English). Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
SEIÐR (nORSE MAGIC)
Brief overview of Norse magic, normally the realm of the feminine. With access to a Úlfheðinn as usual.
Frœtði (NORSE LORE)
Fundamentals about the Norse lore, including Æsir (Norse gods associated with war), Ásynjur (Norse goddesses associated with war), Vanir (Norse gods and goddesses associated with peace), Jötnar (Giants), Aðrir (other deities), Kindir (creatures), Kynja (species) and Níu Heimar (The Nine Homeworlds aka Yggdrasil). A Úlfheðinn is reachable via email for any question.
SIÐIR (NORSE CUSTOMS)
Basics of Norse culture. This includes the main helgar (Norse Festivals), Norse/Icelandic traditions, sǫngr (Norse Music), orðskviðir (Viking Proverbs), how to make glögg and mjoðr (mead), andfullrettirsorð (how to swear like a Viking). Finally, all this is followed by a carefully selected movie to give you an idea of Viking life. Access to a Úlfheðinn for any question you may have.
VÍKINGAR (THE VIKINGS)
Basics about Norse culture, as it relates specifically to Víkingar. This includes the Víkinga Code, rígr(social structure), eiðr (Norse Oaths), jafnaðr (Norse justice), nafn (the Old Norse naming system),dauði (deaths and rituals), leifa (afterlife where people go when not to Valhöll), hervápn (traditional Viking weapons), and Úlfhéðnar (the best Viking warriors). You can also watch several carefully selected documentaries, and have the option still to ask any question you may have to a Úlfheðinn.
TOOLS, WEAPONS, AND ARCHERY
Weapons and tools (as in proper knives, axes, and the like), past and present. Introduction to the basics and fundamentals of archery. That is, how to decently shoot a long bow (assuming you've got the muscles for it). Nope. a crossbow doesn't count. What are you, a school girl??!
What it takes TO SURVIVE
Psychology of survival, how to assess priorities (no, sourcing organic honey to make mead may not always be a priority), how to get properly equipped (have you ever heard of the saying "there's no bad weather, just bad clothing"?), as well as some elementary first aid. Basic stuff to find your way around, so you don't end up in a lava field and (temporarily) lose your eyes and a testicle (permanently for that one). These things happen.
buildING a decent Shelter
Icelandic-style shelters. Lean-to shelters but only because many people are obsessed with those, as they are otherwise useless, as well as natural shelters. Igloos as well, of course. We Víkingar were the first to settle the Canadian Arctic, and if we want to keep going (two Scandinavian countries just filed a claim on the north pole), we better be able to build amazing igloos! Some information on how to build... Log cabins as well!
THE Art of Fire
The art of fire... Nope, not the bow and drill. Let's face it, when you live in places like Norway or Iceland, you are more likely to win the Euro Lotto than you are to find a dry piece of wood! We're talking instead fire steel, and of course, ice. Yep, you read it right. You can start a fire with ice. And Óðinn knows that we Víkingar usually have an unlimited supply of that thing! And magic. As with the Norwegian military way of starting a fire... :-)
GETTING DRINKABLE Water
We normally have plenty of water, so it should be a non-issue... But you still need to do a few things so the water is drinkable and doesn't give you dysentery... Or worst if you are vacationing in some tropical places. Yeah, we're talking the Guinea Worm here. Don't know what it is? Click here. We're pretty sure you'll think twice before drinking water that doesn't come directly from Ásgarðr. And if you run out of water, you should know where to get/find water. Or if you end up having to drink piss or blood, learn how to selectively pick your subject (or victim).
Plants you can actually use
Okay. Vegan Víkingar are not a common occurence... Yet, you're gonna need to eat plants in a survival situation when you cannot catch any meat! Not to mention that your mum probably told you to eat your greens (in our case, we were told to drink our milk, that's why we're so big and strong, as a man doesn't survive on lettuce, or spruce as it is the case here). Plus, some plants have some medicinal use... And, we know what you were looking for: Yeah, some plants can also get you high (legally)!
Catching YOUR OWN Food
Learning to catch your own food is essential. Of course, this includes hunting as well as trapping, and being able to field dress an animal (so the meat isn't wasted, and the animal isn't killed for nothing. We Víkingar don't do that). But it also involves eating whatever is available around you. Surprisingly, there are many sources of protein right under your nose. Like that big friendly hairy spider. Actually, no, you shouldn't eat spiders. Why not smoke the meat you just caught while you're at it?
AVOID BEING EATEN BY A Beast
Wanna avoid being eaten by a beast? We hear you... This is why we also have a beast management section, where you can learn how to deal with the worst beast in our part of the woods: bears and dragons. You also learn the behavior of some species, such as wolves. Yeah, there's no forest left in Scotland, because all wooded areas were burnt to the ground to get rid of wolves. We had no part to such (Christian) heresy! What, wolves eat sheep? So do we, so what?!
EVERYTHING THAT can kill you
Review, with some graphic materials, of the various things that can kill you. These include, but are not limited to, the obvious, such as a wild animals (or a dragon if you're a virgin girl)... You'll see that being eaten by a bear really isn't nice... We know, that sounds obvious, but when we see morons getting out of their way to attract the beast, it clearly isn't that obvious. But there's more... One of the worst things that can kill, although it certainly doesn't look like it, is glaciers!
Σπαρτιάται: The Spartans
Overall, the Spartans were probably the best warriors who ever walked on earth, as well as the most military-centric society. They are a fundamental source of knowledge for any modern warrior, especially considering the strong connections between ancient Greece and us Víkingar, from Óðinn, to the Sámi people, and of course, to the Jómsvíkingar (Jomsvikings).
JÓMSVÍKINGAR: THE JOMSVIKINGS
The Jómsvíkingar, so culturally similar to the Spartans, also were an inspiration to the various knight orders that flourished towards the end of the Viking age. Here you will learn about the Jomsvikings, their laws, and notable sayings.
This section reviews military cohesion from the perspective of the Armed Forces of various countries, including Norway, Finland, the United States, Israel, and of course, Sparta.
Those training to become Hirðmenn are able to join the restricted Víkingahöll (the Hall of Víkingaherr, a restricted online community), at their discretion, and on a probationary basis until they achieve a rank, so they may start networking with other Hirðmenn. (Joining Víkingahöll is optional and subject to an annual fee payable to Google)
Upon completion of this course, the Hirðmaðr designation will be officially bestowed upon you. On paper. You will also receive, as a result, the NØRSKK HIRÐMENN Unit patch!
As a Hirðmaðr, you will also hold full status in Víkingaherr (The Viking Brotherhood).
Finally, being a Hirðmaðr will also make you eligible to be considered for assignment to a Hirðmaðr Hiðr (unit), and for possible selection for hardcore Hersir field/wilderness training, and why not take a shot at becoming a ... Berserkr...
First, you need to decide if you belong here. Make sure you understand our masculinity (Mannskapr), our Code (Víkingalǫg) and our Rules (Lǫg). Something you can live with? Then it’s easy. You just need to sign up!
How much? It’s free. Just kidding. The cost of the course is about 13 oz of silver. Oops, sorry, you aren’t a Víkingr yet! That’s only about $195.