Group brings to life Vikings’ ancient lore ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Max Niketic (left) and Dillon Mroz, both of Newburyport, and Abbey Miller of Boston wait for other members of the Viking enthusiast group Draugar Vinlands to arrive. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe The three prepare to train with their group members at Stratham Hill Park in Stratham N.H. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Ian MacLaughlin of Boxford. The group’s name translates to “Ghosts of Vinland,” borrowing the name that the Vikings gave to a part of North America reached by Norse explorers more than 1,000 years ago. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Marc Svirtunas of Exter, N.H., readies himself before training. Drauger Vinlands consider themselves "living history combatants" rather than reenactors. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Members work on fighting techniques with spears and shields. The group meets on Saturdays to drill and spar. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Real — and very sharp — spears and swords sat alongside numerous helmets and wooden shields, 2½ to 3 feet in diameter and colored with period-correct milk paint. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Replicas of Viking swords. The Drauger Vinlands research all parts of their outfits, wearing exact replicas of items dug up at archeological sites. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Joey O'Neil (Ragnar the spear-thrower) and Mroz work on sword-fighting training. Draugar Vinlands’ fighting techniques are based on ancient treatises and texts. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Miller is the "stallari," or deputy in the field. She says Viking women sometimes donned armor and fought alongside men. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe Joey O'Neil (left) and Max Niketic (the ax-throwing Rurik of Burka) take a break during spear throwing.