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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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27th January 2015 11:11
It's Up Helly Aa day in Lerwick today. Sample a bit of Shetland culture at the Fiery Sessions concert streamed from 15.00 this afternoon. The Junior Up Helly Aa starts at 17.30 and full coverage of the main procession and burning will be streamed live from 19.00.

Up Helly Aa - Live Webcast - 27th January 2015
Up Helly Aa will be broadcast live on the 27th January 2015 by 60N.TV - Promote Shetland's internet broadcasting initiative.

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The THING Sites GeoTour

The THING Project has teamed up with the folk over at geocaching.com to create an official Thing Sites GeoTour.

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