Ranks and Titles

Vikings for all occasions, no rank too high

Manaraefan Herred

Thrall

New members of The Vikings and Manaraefan are ranked as Thralls. This is a short probationary period (minimum length 3 months) during which the individual will be expected to fulfil certain basic requirements before being regarded as a full member of The Vikings and Manaraefan.

Thralls have to get a basic kit together, which includes weapons for warriors, and pass a basic assessment as a villager, warrior or archer before they can progress to the next rank.

Fri-hals

A Fri-hals is a full member of The Vikings and Manaraefan who is recognised as having attained a minimum standard of competence whilst not as yet having earned the right to vote on Society issues.

If they wish to rise to the next rank they must take further skills assessments and improve the standard and variety of their kit.  Some people are happy to stay as Fri-hals but most people move on.

Drengr

The Drengr comprise the backbone of The Vikings and Manaraefan, those members who have proved both their abilities and their commitment and who now have a say in the running of The Vikings and Manaraefan and a vote in Society decisions.

Many people stay at this rank but continue to develop their skills and “characters”.  Though they are a Drengr for administrative purposes within The Vikings and Manaraefan they may well be found portraying anything from the slave to king.

Thegn

Thegn is a rank and office.  The latter describes a Drengr who is carrying out an official function within The Vikings or Manaraefan, the former is a rank conferred by the Konungr (King) as a reward for good service.  Office holders who resign revert to Drengr but the rank is conferred for life or until a greater honour is awarded.

Thegns are the backbone of the administration of  The Vikings and Manaraefan.

Jarl

Jarl is a rank and office.  The latter describes a Drengr (sometimes, but not always, a Thegn) who is a Herred within The Vikings or holding a senior administrative office within The Vikings, the former is a rank conferred by the Konungr (King) as a reward for good service.  Office holders who resign revert to Drengr or Thegn but the rank is conferred for life or until a greater honour is awarded.

Jarls provide leadership and direction to the Herreds.

Sturaesman

Sturaesman is the office held by the leaders of Lethangs, when a Lethang lead attains Herred status the Sturaesman takes up the office of Jarl.

When the Jarl of a Herred stands down his successor is a Sturaesman for at least a year before they are raised up to the office of Jarl.

Hersir

The rank of Hersir is held by those that have proven themselves capable of leading warriors in battle.

Warrior of Renown

A warrior with a specific skill set and particular set of kit who abides by a special code of conduct.

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Below are listed the Ranks and Titles held by some members of Manaraefan.  These Ranks and Titles measure a persons progress or position in The Vikings and do not reflect the roles played by the members in our re-enactments.  Regardless of the rank someone holds they may play a character of high or low status, the only restrictions to portraying a character are the individuals skill and ability to afford the appropriate kit and costume.  Conversely no person of ability is denied high office within The Vikings or Manaraefan simply because they cannot dress the part.

Under 18s.

Kinder.

Any child up to their 13th birthday.  Do what they are told by their parents who may train them as warriors or in a trade.

Frostrar.

Any child from their 13th birthday up to their 16th birthday.  They can now begin serious training as warriors and may go to battle with the warriors to fetch and carry, take water to the thirsty and tend the wounded.

Svein.

Any child from their 16th birthday up to their 18th birthday.  Young warriors who can take their place in the battle line next to a family member of mentor.