In a few months time, my family and I will be transforming into our favourite characters for the day. We will all wear costumes and go out in public and it will be totally fine. Expected, even. Not weird at all.

We won’t even stand out in the crowd- unless, of course, we do a spectacular job. Where we are going, many people will be in costume and those that aren’t wont be perplexed or bothered by those that are. It’s more likely they’ll be gasping in admiration as a stunning Poison Ivy walks by. Maybe they’ll stop an impressive Dalek and ask for a photo. Because that’s what happens at Oz Comic-Con. The costumed crowd mingles with the regularly dressed and everyone has a good time!

Lagertha For A Day.

Deciding who you want to be for the day is important. There is a costume to be assembled, after all!

There are some excellent female characters out there right now, which made the choice a little more difficult for me. Dragon queens, warriors, time-travelers, superheroes, half-human mythical creatures and more. How to settle on just one? Then I remembered something I’d seen online:

How can anyone argue with that?

Why Should We Be Lagertha?

For those who don’t watch Vikings, Lagertha is a shield-maiden; a warrior in her own right. On the show as well as in legend, Lagertha was extremely brave, spirited and strong. Also, her hair is consistently awesome. And nothing keeps her down for long.

The first season sees Lagertha sail to places they’d never been, fight in battles, and even turn her blade on one of her own men to stop him from raping a Saxon woman. She defends herself and her children from men who attack them because they vastly underestimated her. She is a powerful match for her brave, bold, sexy but totally pig-headed husband, Ragnar Lothbrok, whom she loves fiercely. However, their inability to conceive more children eventually comes between them.

After leaving Ragnar for his infidelity (on the show, that is- historical accounts vary), Lagertha continues to show her strength and resilience. She remarries but Sigvard, the wealthy earl she is married to, turns out to be an abusive man who seems to take enormous pride in dominating his wife. Sigvard’s own people are uncomfortable with the way he treats her, cringing and staying silent as he berates her. Lagertha does not stand for his abuse and fights back at every opportunity. When she reaches breaking point, Sigvard has just had her beaten by several of his men. Soon after, he tries to tear off her clothing to expose and humiliate her in front of their people. Lagertha, by this point, has simply had enough of Sigvard’s shit and plunges a knife into his eyeball. Sigvard’s own kinsman steps forward and beheads him. They were also sick of his shit.

Thus, Lagertha gained her own earldom.

That’s just one example; I won’t even go into what happened to the guy who later usurped her or what she’s up to in the current season.

I don’t love Lagertha just because she’s a kick-arse warrior; she’s also a fiercely protective mother and friend. She looks out for other women and shows them kindness and respect while also doing what she can to empower them. She’s intelligent and adventurous and does what she believes is right. Who better to dress up as for a day?

Why It’s Hard to Dress Up Like Lagertha.

Vikings is in it’s fourth season and conventions like Oz Comic-Con happen all over the world, so I figured picking up a costume to wear and learning how to do awesome braids would be all I’d need to do. How wrong I was! The costume companies of the world are still hooked on terrible designs. Do you know how to tell the difference between a men’s costume and a women’s? The women’s ones are the shorter, “sexier” version. How annoying would it be to wear a ridiculous hat and short skirt while swinging a sword and carrying a huge wooden shield? Too often, costume stores rely on these tired, inaccurate stereotypes and the practice of making women’s costumes “sexy” seems to rightfully come under scrutiny every Halloween. Sigh. Take a closer look:

So, while I work out how to braid my hair like Lagertha’s I’m also searching for something suitable to wear that does NOT include a plastic helmet with horns or a mini-skirt! I did find a long, white chemise type thing, like what she’s wearing here. Anyone know where I can get fake blood in bulk?

Oz Comic-Con: Your chance to come along!

How would you like a family pass to Oz Comic-Con? I was given one for my family and have one to give away to either the Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane convention. The dates are as follows:

Melbourne: July 1-2 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Brisbane: September 23-24 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sydney: September 30- October 1 at the ICC Sydney.

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  • She sounds like an awesome and kickarse woman to be for a day. We need more strong female characters in tv shows and movies – good luck with the braids!

  • Yasmine Perkins

    I’m dressing as Velma from Scooby Doo. She’s the brains of Mystery Inc. But where to find an orange turtle neck..?

  • Marissa Parsons

    I would love to take my fam this year- the costumes would be varied- from pirates to Dr Who characters, my family has dress up diversity covered!

  • Ok. Now I want to watch Vikings. How have I not watched Vikings?!

    Also – would love to enter but um I’ll be in Europe when it’s on 😊 #sorrynotsorry

  • So my hubby and his family are total comic people. Hubby has a comic store on EBay and his brother only just recently sold his comic shop after 25+ years in business. They would usually be one of the store holders at comic-con. Yet through all of this I’ve never been to one nor have I ever dressed up in comic stuff. Seems like I might be missing out.

  • LydiaCLee

    I’ve never been but I love the Cosplay at EB Games so I really should check it out. I’d go as Zee from DMZ (the comic).

  • I can’t wait to see your costume!!! Excellent choice. I love Lagertha!!!! I need to catch up on the latest season.

  • Lagertha is my favourite from Vikings! Can’t wait to see your costume 🙂

  • Oh gosh – never heard of her! I must get this giveaway live too. I love this event. I should dress up this year.

  • Her hair is consistently awesome I agree!!! Can’t wait to see you costume!!!

  • Helen King

    I’m always impressed by people who get enthusiastic about getting into costumes (and no, this isn’t a back handed complement – I really am. I get too self conscious). I hope you find your outfit too!

  • I am the world’s worst dresser upper – my attempts are always lame so I’m looking forward to seeing your costume.

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    I could never get into Vikings but she is one kick arse warrior!

  • Love a chance to dress up (and to sew a costume) and what a great character to go as. Can’t wait to see pics!

  • Kerrie Wallace

    Love the fact that you are going as Lagertha! What an awesome character! And if you want fake blood, and lots of it, you can buy it from Scottys on Broadway or Krylon online or you can even make it yourself just google it! Don’t worry I’m not into weird stuff my oldest works on special effects makeup on films etc!!

    • Kerrie Wallace

      Also, Im having trouble entering the comp, the link isn’t loading for me!!!!

  • Cleo Sids

    Harley Quinn a colourful , fun, playful character who clowns arounds . Fascinates, charms, dazzles and allures.

  • I’d go as Samantha Carter from Stargate, one of my all-time sci-fi hero babes, and because I can totally rock a short, blonde wig like nobody’s business!

  • joburkey

    I want to be Mulan, I loved that movie because it was too close to home truths (growing up half Chinese)

  • We went last year and it was a hoot! Our son had an Optimus Prime costume on, and a bunch of face painters working in the kdis area did his face up to suit his costume. It was a hoot!