Hauk the Viking
Hauk and some of his many kids. Hauk is wearing a wrap-over jacket (as illustrated on the Sutton Hoo and Valgarde/Vendel helmet plaques) and a long-tailed fluffy hat (mentioned by Arab authors). His sword is a tri-lobe, a common style among Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

I love the Flashman novels. They're historical novels about the Victorian world & military, seen by a character who is far more interested in meeting pretty women and wearing smart uniforms than he is in fighting. I wanted to make the Viking equivalent of Flashman, and thus Hauk was born.

I first played Hauk at York 2007 with Wychwood. And because I loved playing Hauk so much, he also replaced Godfrid the Saxon as my character at DAS.

This is his life story. It is, of course, entirely fictional.

Hauk in Gotland - Hauk in the Rus Lands - Hauk in England

Hauk in Gotland
Hauk and
pals drinking in Gotland. Their clothes are a mix of Western and Eastern Viking styles, as Gotland was an international trade centre.

Hauk and Sighfridh were brothers, from Gotland. They were the sons of Hilda, the daughter of Gaut a famous hersir of Visbær and the widow of Bræsi a rich trader. His father was Ragnar, a farmer in Jutland who visited Gotland several times before his death.
When Hauk and Sighfridh grew the people of Visbær said they were touched by Loki, for they lacked restraint and spent much of the wealth of their mother on gambling, alcohol and women.
Eventually, Hilda sought aid from her brother Magnus. Magnus decided it was the city that had corrupted the sons of Ragnar, and so gave to Hauk a long-ship hight Lögseims and sent him trading to the lands of the Rus.

Hauk in Gotland - Hauk in the Rus Lands - Hauk in England

Hauk in the Rus Lands
Hauk & Sighfridh wearing two styles of Viking kaftan. Sighfridh wears a green symmetrical kaftan modelled on finds from Birka, whilst Hauk wears a red asymmetrical kaftan based on Southern Russian finds. Hauk's helmet is in the "Great Polish" style, and his bow is a nomadic shortbow.

So Hauk and Sighfridh took many men and travel south and east, up the rivers to Rurik's city, mighty Holmgarðr (that was later named Novgorod). Here they conducted their trade, and got much silver. Thereafter they went further, to Kiev.
There they fought alongside the Rus in a great battle, which sadly was lost. Many men of the men of Lögseims fell, and in the battle Sighfridh was injured, loosing several of his teeth. Afterwards the survivors among the men of Lögseims fled, and dwelt for a while with the local population. Hauk got on very well with them, drunk much of their spirits, and adopted many of their styles of clothing.
Lögseims eventually escaped back to Gotland. They returned with much silver and fine clothes, but lacking many of their men. Despite this, their mother's brother Magnus declared the journey successful, and gave both of them fine swords.
The big battle that we lost (& where Sighfridh lost teeth whilst Hauk spent his time drinking with Eastern Europeans) is a reference to Wychwood at Hastings 2006...

But Hauk now had a taste for travel, and he decided he would not remain on Gotland but would again seek wealth and glory. He recruited more men for Lögseims, fierce warriors like Thorhelm and Arinbjorn, and set sail towards England.

Hauk in Gotland - Hauk in the Rus Lands - Hauk in England

Hauk in England
Hauk leading his
warriors. Note the three different helmet styles: the spectacle helmet (a pre-Viking period Swedish style), Great Polish (an Eastern European style) and conical nasal helmet (a style which grew in popularity until it was the standard helmet in Northern Europe by 1066).

And so Lögseims came to the land of the Saxons. The Vikings needed re-enforcements for the campaigns against Alfred, as the peace with Alfred was uneasy at best. Led by Hauk, the warriors of Lögseims plundered around the country gathering slaves, riches and wenches.
They fought in many battles alongside numerous brave warriors. These warriors trained the travellers from Gotland, teaching them new ways of fighting. In these years the warriors of Lögseims travelled widely, from Kernow in the far south to Oxenaforda on the river Temese.
This is the time represented in DAS and most Wychwood shows.

After several years of viking, Hauk tired of battle and looked for a place to settle. Near Jorvic they found a large Saxon farmstead called Mortun, the farm near the moor. They attacked, and forced the Saxons to accept rule by Hauk on the condition that Hauk converted to Christianity.
The farm was renamed Hauksby, and settlers were encouraged. Old friends like the Gotland slave-trader Olaf son of Sigurd and Hauk's older sister Ingibjorg of the Holmbyggja joined the village. So to did old enemies, like the Sumorsaete warrior-turned-monk-turned-priest Godfrid. It was a time of peace, prosperity and happiness.
This is the time-period represented whilst Wychwood is in York.

However it did not last. The village was torn by internal dissent, with some of Hauks' warriors despising the peace and Christianity that Hauksby represented. They left, seeking new fights, and leaving the village unguarded. When enemies approached, Hauk was forced to flee.
It is not known what happend to Hauk after this- some say he settled in Normandy, whilst others point to Chapter 42 from Harald Harfager's part of the Heimskringla (Chronicle of the Kings of Norway). Considering that "Habrok" appears to be a special type of trousers, they could well be the same individual:

The following summer King Harald sent a ship westward to England, and gave the command of it to Hauk Habrok. He was a great warrior, and very dear to the king. Into his hands he gave his son Hakon. Hauk proceeded westward to England, and found King Athelstan in London, where there was just at the time a great feast and entertainment.
When they came to the hall, Hauk told his men how they should conduct themselves; namely, that he who went first in should go last out, and all should stand in a row at the table, at equal distance from each other; and each should have his sword at his left side, but should fasten his cloak so that his sword should not be seen. Then they went into the hall, thirty in number. Hauk went up to the king and saluted him, and the king bade him welcome.
Then Hauk took the child Hakon, and set it on the king's knee. The king looks at the boy, and asks Hauk what the meaning of this is. Hauk replies, "Harald the king bids thee foster his servant-girl's child." The king was in great anger, and seized a sword which lay beside him, and drew it, as if he was going to kill the child. Hauk says, "Thou hast borne him on thy knee, and thou canst murder him if thou wilt; but thou wilt not make an end of all King Harald's sons by so doing." On that Hauk went out with all his men, and took the way direct to his ship, and put to sea, - for they were ready, - and came back to King Harald.


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