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Beer? Yes beer! Beer was a common drink in Viking times and not regulated by age limits or anything. They also had mead and wine. On image stones it’s a common motif to see a warrior entering Valhalla or returning home to a woman proffering a drinking horn. If he’s entering Valhalla the woman could very well be a valkyrie.

Don’t you love my history/mythology tidbits? :D I’m far from an expert but one of my goals with TMK is to portray Vikings as historically accurate as possible, so I’ve done a good bit of research on them both online and with (gasp!) books. Ironically enough, perhaps the least historically accurate bit of the story so far is the main character’s name….

Also, new TWC incentive! This time it’s Coal’s rough model sheet.

Discussion (7) ¬

  1. I must say, the artwork is brilliant! =D

  2. Having some experience drinking from horns, I can say that drinking from one with the curve curving upwards like that is a good way to get a wave of booze in your face. No wonder he’s coughing.

    • Haha! I haven’t had the pleasure myself, but I do remember reading that a reason they put the drink in horns was because you can’t set it down like a cup. So you had to finish it, and maids and the like would walk around refilling these horns, so parties would get pretty rowdy pretty fast. XD

  3. It would have been nice to give the valkyrie a name, but well. :-)

    • Yeah I don’t really want to give her one and identify her with any in particular. She’s just “Coal’s Valkyrie” to me. Thanks for reading! :D

  4. Of course, what is referred to as “beer” wasn’t much like what we’d consider beer today – it was generally “small beer” – fairly low alcohol content, but safer than the water a lot of the time.

    Also, i don’t think the beer of that period was hopped. (But i could be wrong.)

    Just found the comic, BTW – so far i like it.