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Feasting was the king's means of celebrating with his men.

ReasonsEdit

The primary reason for feasting was to generate a sense of obligation among the warriors toward their king. This was done by providing the food, entertainment, and gifts. Feasts were held in the king's hall, a special building inside the hill-fort.

ElementsEdit

  • Acrobat: Somersaults, handsprings, and tumbling. An individual or individuals capable of doing gymnastics could make for a pleasant diversion.
  • Bard: Steeped in myths, legends, motifs, and storytelling techniques they were legendary for their prowess.
  • Beer: Served to excess.
  • Bragawt: British honey-wine, a high-status alcohol considered a luxury.
  • Cheese: Curdled milk had several uses.
  • Farter: The ability to make noisy, smelly gas was considered a great talent.
  • Gift-giving: Torques would be broken off the king's arm and given, as well as swords, armor, and smaller items.
  • Mead: Germanic honey-wine, a high-status alcohol considered a luxury.
  • Meats: Game meat preferably, but also beef, chicken, and pork were served.
  • Servants: Bringers of food and drink would be in and out of the hall, as well as cooks.
  • Skop: Steeped in myths, legends, motifs, and storytelling techniques they were legendary for their prowess.
  • Vegetables: A minor part of the diet, green stuffs were a part of the hall's food options.
  • Wine: A true rarity, its availability depended largely on the hall's proximity to a harbor along the western coast. That was where the tin trade route ran, from Cornwall north and over to Ireland and south.
  • Women: Often young women would make themselves available for warriors in hopes of gifts or even eventual marriage.

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