Walk the Oars, en fortælleforestilling på engelsk om hvordan vikingerne byggede Law Ting Holm, som folk på Shetland anvendte som deres tingsted i mere end 400 år. Med musiker Neil Sutcliffe og Svend-Erik Engh – vi kommer gerne ud på din folkehøjskole og spiller den.
Shetland’s lawthing was an assembly where local people and officials tried offenders, interpreted the law, and enacted new legislation. Many other thing sites throughout Britain and Scandinavia occur wherever Norsemen settled and brought their laws. Although there are documents relating to meetings in Tingwall from 1307 onwards, the only reference to the thing meeting on the holm comes from a letter dated 1532. Officials are thought to have sat around a rough stone table on the holm, while delegates gathered on the slope below the church. During poor weather the thing probably met inside the church.
Tingaholm was once an islet entirely surrounded by water and accessed by a stone causeway. In the 1850s the water levels in the loch were lowered, and the holm evolved into its present form. By 1774 the stone seats had been ripped up in order to make space for grazing, but the remains of the causeway can still be seen today.