Iron Age(Viking and Celtic) Sounds and Smells

In hopes of sparking imagination, here is a list of sights and smells you might have noticed in the Iron Age of the Celts and Vikings. I really hope this helps a writer out there!


  • Smoke from fires.
  • Food cooking.
  • Fresh herbs drying.
  • Peat burning.
  • Wood burning.
  • Animal dung.
  • Freshly harvested crops.
  • Tallow candles burning.
  • Honey wax candles burning.
  • Sweet smell of honey being harvested.
  • Bannocks(flat bread) baking.
  • Fresh rain.



  • Cows calling.
  • Sheep calling.
  • People talking.
  • People laughing.
  • Black smith hammering.
  • Seagulls calling.
  • Birds singing.
  • Dogs barking
  • Pigs snorting.
  • Kids playing.
  • Warriors training.
  • Wooden wheels creaking.
  • Wood being chopped.
  • Someone hammering to make a shield.
  • Music being played.
  • Thump of a knife cutting vegetables.
  • Singing.


  • Distant thunder.
  • Crickets.
  • Owls.
  • Fire crackling.
  • Someone getting up to put a log on the fire.
  • Patter of rain.
  • Hushed voices.
  • Wind blowing.
  • Crashing waves.
  • Distant roar of the river.

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