woke up to a blood stain on my bedsheets wtf
this is literally the best post ever
The Vikings did practice something akin to exile. They practiced a system called “outlawry,” which has some pretty interesting aspects to it. While standard exile is just, “Get out of our country. See you never,” outlawry was a bi more…more.
The Icelandic loved outlawry as a punishment. The rest of the civilization outlawed people, too, but the Icelandic seemed to have a particular affinity for it. It was their most common form of punishment. I think it’s because the punishment carries a sort of Hunger Games quality to it that they found vastly entertaining. The Icelandic were assholes.
There were two types of outlawry: full outlawry (skóggangur) and lesser outlawry (fjörbaugsgarður)
Yes, this was super helpful! Thank you so, so, so much!
As I was reading I was thinking Lesser Outlaw totally fit what happens to Hiccup, so that’s perfect! Though he doesn’t quite make the three-year mark in hitchups… he has to negotiate his return, but perhaps I can wiggle things around for him to negotiate his three safe-places instead? I know it’s supposed to happen when he’s sentenced, but since it was mostly an implied sentence on his half (having just up and left)…? Well, there’s a lot of grey area in there, anyway. Maybe I’ll just stretch the time he was gone. And I think killing mama-death is a big enough gesture to erase his stigma.
It’s interesting though—as I read this I was thinking what a great “hiccstrid” deviation it would be for those two to be outlawed together, and then have to form their own shelter and lives together through that. Talk about a crowd pleaser. XD
You have have scared me away from Iceland forever.
OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE
THEIR SLOGAN IS “STRONGER THAN GREASE”
AND I WAS LIKE OKAY YEAH MAKES SENSE FOR A DISH SOAP- WAIT
AJAX WAS A GREEK SOLDIER RENOWNED FOR HIS STRENGTH
AJAX IS STRONGER THAN ALL OF GREECE
someone who worked at ajax has literally waited 66 years for you to get this
i like it when people think i’m younger than i actually am because it’s like yes. yes i have fooled you. you think i look young but in reality i am not and have been alive for several centuries. i am centuries old. i am immortal. and i’ve fooled you