Good story.Jurassien wrote: ↑Sun May 15, 2022 5:27 pm
That’s no excuse…..no excuse at all!
A mere stone’s throw from Armagh:
When the Vikings first came to Ulster it was approaching winter time, so they sailed up the river Bann and set up winter quarters on the lough shore. Their ultimate aim was to sack Armagh, so they put the monks under observation. When the first snows came they noticed the monks sliding about the countryside on wooden planks, so they went and spoke to them about it. “We could use something like that back home in Norway, as we get a bit of snow there in winter.” The monks showed them how it worked, stressing how important it was to bend the tips up a bit. In due course, the Vikings struck their winter quarters and headed back to Norway (having sacked the hell out of Armagh first). They took with them some pairs of these Irish skis, a fine example of which can be seen to this day in the Norwegian Historical Museum at Frederiksgate 2 in Oslo.
That’s how skiing came to Norway and eventually spread from there throughout the whole world. Not many people know that.
Yes, and ski wax was invented by the monks as well. They used the mixture of beeswax with pine tar as a sealant for beer kegs. One day, it had snowed a lot and the beer kegs were difficult to move, as the monks on skis were skidding hopelessly all over the place. One novice monk, Rexinius, had by misfortune spilled some of the beer keg sealant all over his skis. They wanted to carry him off for flagellation, but he it was a futile exercise as his skis had more friction than the others. Rexinius was nevertheless expelled from the monestary and the Vikings took him to Oslo. Later in life, as he aged, he became more fond of the flatter topography in Finland and emigrated there. His descendants started the commercial use of the Rex brand ski wax