FC: Anglo-Saxon Freetime and Entertainment
1: Anglo Saxton Free Time and Entertainment
2: Swimming was a popular sport and according to some studies it was considered no problem to drown your opponent. It was said that some of the hero's swam with their armor on.
3: Wrestling was another sport that was widely participated in the hardest form being grappling and the simplest form being holding your opponents wrists and waist and using sheer strength to throw them onto their backs.
4: Running, jumping, skiing, and horse racing were other popular sports. | Tests of agility and endurance such as rock climbing were popular as well as weight lifting as a test if physical strength.
5: There were many different games played many that are still one way or another played today. One board game that we play a form of is 'nine man morris' or backgammon or probably for the younger children knucklebones an earlier form of jacks.
6: Wood whittling was another pastime enjoyed by most even if it wasn't their job just to pass time.Some women also undertook embroidery mostly for wall hangings
7: There were several stories that were told of hero's such as Beowulf or The North Sagas. Most of stories were passed by word of mouth rarely written down and almost always in the form of an epic poem. They were performed by 'scops' or professional story tellers.
8: Singing and music were another big entertainment performed by professional performers called 'gleemen' which might be where colleges today get the name 'glee club'. The 'gleemen' would travel and perform for pay but even the non professionals enjoyed making music.
9: Dancing definitely existed most likely performed to verse singing. It was also said that many warriors performed acrobatic dances (often naked) while wielding weapons. These acrobatic dances were often connected with the Cult of Odin