Tests of Youth

Tests of Youth

Selecting garments

Equipments kit gear, tools bows, knives, flints firemaking hunting game, survival

First nights out hunting, sporting

Game of creep up on surprise!


Foreshadowing ice floe camp out 8-9year olds

Escapades  dangers found playful


Young Youth trips around island- to inland freisia etc 12-13


Teenagers Treeclimbing song of trees and wood, 13- 14

Serious childhood

Romeo and Juliet at 12- remember this is 500 primitive years before shakespeare.

Very emotional pure courtship

But they mature fast under conditions of plain death, disease child mortality and the need to labour directly and experience all of lifes doings.


cellulose, lignin caulting, cutting treating etc

Who’s point of view POV?




They sent a man out along with some of his friends to scout out suitable trees. They went looking among the corpses in the small stands of trees just south of the wetlands and the swampy areas of the islands coast. There island was called AkoIsle. Some brief but high promontories rose not far from the southern end of the swamp wetlands. On the other side far from the village of the Promontory there was a thick rich stand of suitable trees. Skirting the stand were some fairly gnarled twisted and contorted trees. These warped bushes were blown about by the wind and twisted into shape. They were not suitable for straight runs of timber needed in the tower. So the men avoided those. And some two in the midst of the stand also suffered in this way from gaps in the foliage as protection from the wind. These other occasional but not so seldom ones also had to be avoided for straight runs of construction timbers.


Sometimes some twists of trees if they twisted exactly in the right way was suitable to be built into keel is as prows suitably cut for sculptural work and decoration at the fore and aft of the long ships. These types of timbers they were not looking for today. They may spend several days scouting out the best trees in the best timbers in the best long runs. And even short runs of straight timbers and lumber was suitable for the construction and the bracing they had in mind. The tower indeed was going to be the wonder of their little island. There colony would now have a new landmark. They were proud of what they were about to build on their Dane Land AkoIsle.


A few of the boys went along with the men. They especially attached themselves to the younger men who were more tolerant of the wayward behaviours. One or two went close enough along with the older men. They were intent on catching some of the longer lasting wisdom and teachings that came in a very understated way from the old Norse builders. They would give out small clues. They would say – the kind where looking for generally grows in the hollows. And things like – you will find these also on the shady side of the hills. Why you would ask? And they would murmur after a few minutes – these ones are straining for the sun on the other side of the hill. – They don't grow straight up or perpendicular to the horizon. – They follow the slope of the hill – per straight to the sun right enough. And once you account for the lean they are very straight timbers. But they're very hard to pick standing down here on the ground you have to climb up a ways and go along the slope. Then you can spot them, they said.

This was the wisdom some of the boys were looking for and which rune was among those boys. He was a different kind of lad there were few like him. And those few were his companions he had two best friends. Their names were a and B. One was a man of few words but very handy. Especially in turning mulberry bushes which were very rarely grown locally into usable paper. Mostly he he beat them and beat them and beat them again until the fibres of the wood mashed together in stiff sheets drying in the sun. This mulberry paper was very valuable. Once you found a bush to beat it out of. Sometimes you could find a whole tree of it. A rich stash for the parchment dealers shelves.