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Vikings and Brotherly Love
Georgina Thomason's Pewter Viking
When you hold this item what do you feel? A sense of solidity and warmth. I’d feel bereft if he got destroyed in a house fire. In fact, this model is the second in line because the first one did go missing…
What’s its story? The first Viking came from Norway from Uncle Peter (my Dad’s brother), who was the mysterious travelling Uncle that we only saw at Christmas and so was quite magical to me. He barely saw my Dad, but he came to visit when Dad was dying. And he bought him this – like a big brother to a little brother it was to be a warrior and a fighter for Dad.
When Dad died Mum said I could have the Viking because she knew how much I liked him. I had him for years and he saw me through many milestones (finishing University, getting my first proper job, buying and selling a house and moving to Brighton). Then many years later in an endeavour to save, my wife and I became fulltime housesitters. This meant a massive downsize, putting all our remaining personal items into storage and living out of the back of a Vauxhall Corsa. Somewhere during all that moving I lost my little Viking.
Luckily, I managed to get this replacement when Mum went to Stavanger to meet with Uncle Peter and Iren, his wife, about 5 years ago. I found a photo that I’d taken of him which Mum used to track him down. He is identical to the first Viking, which means they’ve been making this particular model for at least 25 years. I then discovered they make other versions too, when I went to Stavanger recently. So, my Mr. Viking now has a battling companion!
Why is the item important to you? Because I love him! And because he reminds me of my Dad.
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