The Jorth Gar branch of the New Varangian Guard concentrates its living history re-enactment primarily on the earlier Varangian Guardsmen of Viking origin, and their many exploits and accomplishments. Those that were given to Emperor Basil II in recognition of his military treaty with the Rus, by Prince Vladimir of Kiev.
Many of these warriors held fast to their traditional Pagan ideals and spirit, and derived inspiration from their ancestors and kinsmanship, even though their new employers were strongly Christian Orthodox. It is with these Varangians from which Jorth Gar derives its identity and focus. We also reenact warriors that returned back to their homelands after active service in the Guard, and have a strong civilian and family base within the group as a result.
Jorth Gar is based at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Together with our allies, we can field the largest infantry battle force in Queensland and quite possibly Australia (real weapon combat). This can be seen and experienced at shows like the NEMAS Armidale Easter Gathering and the Abbey Medieval Tournament, which are the biggest reenactment events in the southern hemisphere.
We are always recruiting for new members, and advise interested people to contact us (below) for more information, or to arrange to come to a training. Public are welcome to come and watch, but please remain at a safe distance when combat is underway, to avoid any injuries or problems. For more information, have a good look through our website.