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ontd_political Photo(s) of the Day: Jan 27, 2010.

1:07 am - 01/28/2010

Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetland Islands, marking the end of the yule season, and has employed this theme in the festival since 1870. The event culminates with up to 1,000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship. The event happens all over Shetland, but it is only the Lerwick galley which is not sent seaward. Everywhere else, the flaming galley is sent into the sea, in an echo of actual Viking sea burials.



Reuben Conroy, 10, a member of the Viking Jarl Squad, puts on his costume for the start of the annual Up Helly Aa Festival on January 26, 2010.




A shield, an axe and a helmet, belonging to a member of the the Viking Jarl Squad are pictured as they eat breakfast before the start of the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, on January 26, 2010.




Members of the Viking Jarl Squad drink a cup of tea before the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, January 26, 2010




The Viking Jarl Squad are pictured as musicians play during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, on January 26, 2010.




In a misty fog, a member of the Viking Jarl Squad prepares for the start of the Up Helly Aa Festival on January 26, 2010.













Members of the Viking Jarl Squad surround their leader or "Guizer Jarl" on a Viking galley ship on the Shetland Islands, on January 26, 2010.




The Chief of the Jarl viking squad stands before the burning viking longship during Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Scotland on January 26, 2010.





Photographers:

Carl De Souza | AFP/Getty Images

Derek Blair | Telegraph.co.uk
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neev Re: ICON IS VERY RELEVENT AW YEAH28th-Jan-2010 07:03 am (UTC)
FUCK YES ASKELADD. PRETENDING THE MANGA ENDS WITH HIM RULING THE WORLD.
bombazzinedoll 28th-Jan-2010 06:11 am (UTC)
OMFG WOWWWW THIS IS A COOL POST AND YOU SHOULD FEEL COOL

also, just look at these guys' facial hair. just look at it.
ladypolitik 28th-Jan-2010 06:29 am (UTC)
I LOL'D OUT LOUD
ladypolitik 28th-Jan-2010 06:18 am (UTC)
The tea drinkers are my fave too, AHAHA.
keeni84 28th-Jan-2010 06:14 am (UTC)
WTF first the Indians then the Vikings?

The world is so fly.
ladypolitik 28th-Jan-2010 06:18 am (UTC)
For real, the Indians and Scots put all other international festivals to shame, wtf.
_sockmonk_ 28th-Jan-2010 06:15 am (UTC)
why the hell am i not a european
primroseburrows 28th-Jan-2010 06:15 am (UTC)
The cool thing is that this event could be straight out of a fantasy novel but it isn't--something THIS COOL really happens.
ms_maree 28th-Jan-2010 06:20 am (UTC)
My first thought was oh it's a 'Lord of the Rings' cosplay thing. (am sad).
sinisterwilliam 28th-Jan-2010 06:43 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but what's to be sad about? So it isn't LoftR...but it's Viking Cosplay. That's just even more awesome.
randomneses 28th-Jan-2010 06:22 am (UTC)
beard
whatisurdamage 28th-Jan-2010 06:29 am (UTC)
ahh this is awesome
rex_dart 28th-Jan-2010 06:29 am (UTC)
:D
ladypolitik 28th-Jan-2010 06:32 am (UTC)
:O



MY LIFE IS FUCKING COMPLETE.
autochrome 28th-Jan-2010 06:36 am (UTC)
There is so much beauteous facial hair that I just don't know what to with myself. Also, aww at the bespectacled Viking.
aurora_84 28th-Jan-2010 06:37 am (UTC)
*STARES IN AWE*
hom0phone 28th-Jan-2010 06:47 am (UTC)
If only the rest of the world could be like Scandinavia

except ... a whole less whitewashed.
warmsound FUCK YEAH, VIKINGS AND TEA TIME.28th-Jan-2010 07:24 am (UTC)
HOLY AWESOME.

And I had to do it:



Also, even though I know Vikings =/= Sparta, I felt like it was just begging for a 'this is SPARTAAAAAA' joke:



And on that note, I think I need to go fix myself some (non-caffeinated) tea.

ETA: OMG ladypolitik, I JUST NOW NOTICED THE ICON YOU USED FOR THIS POST. LMAO.

Edited at 2010-01-28 07:30 am (UTC)
labelleizzy Re: FUCK YEAH, VIKINGS AND TEA TIME.28th-Jan-2010 07:52 am (UTC)
i so saved your TEA TIME... thank you for doing that!
iweep4u 28th-Jan-2010 07:39 am (UTC)
IT IS LIKE THE BIGGEST LARP IN THE WORLD :'D ♥
jeweledvixen 28th-Jan-2010 07:47 am (UTC)
These pictures are fantastic! These guys look like they are having a terrific time. I ~love~ the first picture of them marching down the street with the torches lit. It's gorgeous.

Thanks for posting these.
aroundight 28th-Jan-2010 08:18 am (UTC)
I need a winged helmet in my life.


This is awesome beyond all words. ♥
dayumsam 28th-Jan-2010 08:45 am (UTC)
oh my god i LOVE vikings and this just makes me squee.
faerieglen 28th-Jan-2010 08:47 am (UTC)
Should I travel to the Shetland Islands, even though it's cold and windy as hell up there? Hmmm...
alryssa 28th-Jan-2010 09:10 am (UTC)
This. Is. AWESOME.

Sanctioned burnings! As a pagan, this shiznit is totally up, down, back and forth my alley, baby.


mswyrr 28th-Jan-2010 09:20 am (UTC)
I love the one of the guy in full Viking outfit who's still wearing his very modern looking glasses. B)
rustlemybustle 28th-Jan-2010 10:05 am (UTC)
That looks so amazing! I love that the celebrations are really modern, too. Like some drunk blokes just sat around one day in 1870 and went 'You know what would make this Christmas better?'

'VIKINGS.'
everythingonit 28th-Jan-2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
FUCK YEAH PILLAGE RAPE AND EXPLORATION!!!!

VIKINGS FTW!!!!
redqueenmeg 28th-Jan-2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
WOOOOO, I am 1/4 Scandinavian!
keeperofthekeys 28th-Jan-2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
DO WANT
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