National Geographic : 1954 Dec
853 All photographs © Karl W. Gullers, Magnum A Viking Lord in Winged Helmet Catches Up with the News on His Day of Festival Rule More than a thousand years ago Norsemen pillaged and colonized the Shetland Islands, Scotland's most northern domain. The spirit of those adventurers lives today in the festival of Up Helly Aa, held each year at Lerwick, the islands' capital. On the last Tuesday of January bands of costumed guizers, or mummers, celebrating the approach ing end of winter, march in a torchlight parade, fire a Viking ship, and revel in the manner of their Nordic forebears. Arthur Williamson here takes time out for a glance at a Shetland paper before stepping back into history to play the 1953 festival's most important character, the Guizer Jarl, earl of the steering oar and chief of the warriors.