The þing - The Oxna Labyrinth


The Inspiration - Oxna bracelet

Johan Sanderrevet was a restless Swede in the 9th century who sailed west on board his galley Jägere only to be hit by a 20110125-7114.jpgstorm of such severity that all but three of his fleet of longships were driven off the cliffs of Fugaey.
The viking believed he was saved by his magical armlet woven gold called Svíagris; but this armlet was lost as he wintered on the isle of Oxna west of Scalloway.
More than a thousand years later a gold bracelet less than three inches in diameter was found by a young James Fullerton on that same island, a bracelet which can now be seen in Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.

In January 2011 the Lerwick Jarl Squad represented Johan Sanderrevet, wearing the bracelet as part of their suit. One of our reacher's husbands was a member of that squad, so we now have a replica in the school.

Pupils drew the pattern , then decorated it. They used recycled paint, string and chalk.They now share it with visitors.
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The Inspiration - Scandanavian / Baltic Labyrinth
There were once many hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of these labyrinths around the Baltic Sea, throughout Fennoscandia and the Baltic countries, and many of them still survive, particularly in remote areas. There are also similar stone labyrinths in the Kola Peninsula and coasts and islands of the White Sea, such as Stone labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island. For some reason these northern labyrinths are almost all close to the sea. Some have suggested that they were markings of seafarers, perhaps even used for navigation. Many of the stone labyrinths around the Baltic coast of Sweden were built by fishermen during rough weather and were believed to entrap evil spirits, the "smågubbar" or "little people" who brought bad luck. The fishermen would walk to the centre of the labyrinth, enticing the spirits to follow them, and then run out and put to sea.

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