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Before our Parliaments, before the High Courts – there were Things.

Things – from the Old Norse word þing, meaning assembly - were an early system of justice and administration.

 When the Vikings and early Norse settlers arrived in a new place they brought with them their customs and legal systems. Things were where political decisions were made, laws upheld and disputes settled. They acted as meeting places and were often the focus for trade and religious activity.

Things are found throughout the Viking world. This website explores the history and legacy of some of these fascinating sites, focusing on the Viking sea roads westwards, from Norway to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Man – countries and areas which are partners in the EU Northern Periphery Programme funded THING Project.


Thing sites in Northern Europe

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law speaker at  Thingvellir

Árni Eiríkur Bergsteinsson plays the role of "Lawman" with fellow living history members from Hafnafjordur Vikings at Thingvellir national park,for Thingsitestv.

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29th July 2014 15:15
Today is the Faroese national holiday Ólavsøka (St Olav’s Wake) which marks the reopening of the Ting, or Parliament, and commemorates the death of St Olav at the battle of Stiklestad in 1030.

At 11am a procession headed from the Thinghús to the Cathedral for a service, before returning to the Thinghús, where the Ólavsøku Choir led the assembled crowds in singing.

In the afternoon the Prime Minister formally opens the parliament for the year.

The rest of the day and night is spent celebrating. At midnight people meet in the town square for more singing and traditional Faroese ring dancing.

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