Swamp Vikings (Myrrlag) is a group of Viking age reenactors led by the Florida Jomsborgelag. Myrrlag is based in Orlando, FL and is a chapter within Utland Storm, of the worldwide army of Jomsborg. Myrrlag's goal as a group is to bring living history and live steel to the shores and swamps of Florida through demonstrations of combat, crafts, and displays.
Founded in February of 2000, the Royal Artillery is a twelve member historic reenactment group that is dedicated to teaching and demonstrating the safe use of muzzleloading black powder cannons and small arms. At Fairs and Festivals we portray a freelance mercenary artillery battery that is employed by and works for whomever the Ruler happens to be at the time.
We are acknowledged black powder experts with over 130 years of combined experience safely handling and firing muzzleloading cannons and small arms. Along with doing live demonstrations, our other main endeavor is education. We hold training courses and safety seminars for all types of black powder weapons along with the safe handling, storage and use of black powder.
While all of us have undergone extensive study and hands on training on the history and safe operation of muzzleloading black powder weapons, four of our members have the distinction of having been trained and certified by the National Park Service to shoot their full sized muzzleloading artillery.
During our live demonstrations, we give a short talk about a particular weapon and the history surrounding it and then show you how it works by firing it. During our program we also discuss several well known myths in order to set the record straight and put them to rest. When not giving a show, we really enjoy talking about history to anyone that comes by our camp that is curious and wishes to learn.
Safety is always our primary concern since even a blank shot could seriously injure a person who happened to be in the line of fire. If we can't shoot safely, we won't shoot. Please visit us at the Orlando Renaissance Festival. There may be other demonstrations but by far, we are the loudest. For more information, and lots of educational stuff, check us out at HMRoyalArtillery.com.