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Vikings [Sep. 17th, 2005|10:20 am]
Tony Grist

We were leaving Preston yesterday and we came across this little group of stone Vikings (on the slip road leading to the motorway.) I don't know what they're doing there but they've got bits of metal embedded in them and holes in odd places, which suggests they've been salvaged from some building or other.

I did some research (I Googled) and it turns out that Preston is on the Viking highway that runs down the Ribble valley from Jorvik (York) to the Irish Sea. The biggest Viking treasure hoard ever found outside Russia was dug up nearby (at Cuerdale) in 1840. 

 

 

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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-09-17 02:33 am (UTC)
These are deliciously creepy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 03:09 am (UTC)
If I were a kid they'd give me nightmares.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 03:11 am (UTC)
It kinda looks like they're hitching a lift.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2005-09-17 03:28 am (UTC)
Reminds me of a chess game or similar... They're sweet; I could never get nightmares from figures like that!

(Of course, they are my kin... Now, excuse me; I've got a monastery to burn and some pillaging that just can't wait 'till Monday!)
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-09-17 03:35 am (UTC)
Please simply disassemble the monastery and compost any monks that happen to be in the way, there is no need to contribute to environmental degradation when pillaging.
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2005-09-17 03:41 am (UTC)
wow... just wonderful... how old are they?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 04:21 am (UTC)
I don't suppose they're very old. Probably 19th or 20th century.

But there's no clue on site as to where they come from or what they mean.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-09-17 06:03 am (UTC)
These remind me of garden gnomes--the ones that travel.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-09-17 06:33 am (UTC)
Ah, good! Yes, they do look like garden gnomes.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-09-17 06:19 am (UTC)
Once again I'm envious of the way such interesting landmarks are not vandalized.

No way would these pieces be left alone here--they'd have been hacked out, written on, smashed up, or stolen.

These somehow don't have a feeling of age to me. Maybe they aren't worn enough.

The holes in them suggest they might be fence posts...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 06:26 am (UTC)
I think you're right about them being fence posts.

But I'm having difficulty visualising the fence.

I don't believe they're very old, but the primitive nature of the carving makes them hard to date.
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2005-09-17 06:26 am (UTC)
ahaah.. somehow the Rathergood viking kittens come to my mind here!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 06:50 am (UTC)
Not quite as cute, though....

Love the icon!
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[User Picture]From: seaslug_of_doom
2005-09-17 08:36 am (UTC)
You know, if you leaned some shovels against a couple of these statues they would look like your average road repair crew, standing about gawping.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 09:04 am (UTC)
LOL.

Even down to the protective helmets.....
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[User Picture]From: karenetaylor
2005-09-17 09:59 am (UTC)
Very cool.

I borrowed the one with the road signs to use as my wallpaper. Hope you don't mind.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-09-17 10:12 am (UTC)
I'm deeply flattered.
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