The handpainted signboard, affixed to Lerwick's Mercat Cross, is as much a staple of Up Helly Aa as its famous torchlight procession.
Up Helly Aa
Thousands of Shetlanders staged a scorching tribute to their Viking forefathers last night with a spectacular Up Helly Aa inferno.
Thousands of Shetlanders staged a scorching tribute to their Viking forefathers tonight with a spectacular Up Helly Aa inferno. Watch the amazing 45-minute ritual in just 60 seconds.
This is the moment a burly band of Shetland Vikings stunned hundreds of onlookers by bursting into renditions of classic pop songs.
Thousands of people have gathered for the world famous Up Helly Aa fire festival on Shetland.
Despite its links with ancient times, Up Helly Aa is a festival which was born in the 19th century.
Shetland Islands Council is encouraging the area's youngsters to learn more about its exciting past while getting out and about.
With yellow eyes blazing, razor-sharp teeth and jagged red horns, the fearsome centrepiece of Up Helly Aa is finally ready for action.
One of the youngest men ever to lead the Up Helly Aa fire festival says he has harboured a burning passion for the spectacle for as long as he can remember.
The UK’s most northerly distillery has doubled its workforce – to two – and laid down plans for a broader product range.
Orkney and Shetland have their own identity, Orkney being very green and fertile while Shetland has a more rugged cliff and sea loch scenery. Both however share a colourful history of Picts, Norsemen, ancient antiquities and buried treasure.
The Up-Helly-Aa party was still in full flow in Lerwick yesterday as the chief Vikings began to set their sights on conquering America.
One thousand flaming torches transported Lerwick back 1,000 years last night as the dark midwinter skies were lit-up in a spell-binding show of Up-Helly-Aa.
Thousands of people have gathered to watch Shetland's famous Up Helly Aa fire festival.
The dragon's tongue and beard are fixed to the galley bow and 1,200 torches are dripping in paraffin - Lerwick is ready for Up Helly Aa.
Just because they are small, it does not mean they are any less frightening than their fully-grown counterparts.
What: Reception for Viking expedition to Visit Scotland Expo 2015 to promote Shetland as a tourist destination.
Today may have been the morning after the festivities of the night before in Lerwick - but the spirit of Up Helly Aa was still burning bright for some.
Last night crowds gathered in Lerwick as Up Helly Aa fuelled the town's atmosphere.
You could hear them before you could see them – a roar from afar that stopped dead the streets of Lerwick.
The torches have been dipped and the final stitch in 1,000 costumes has been sewn.
Up Helly Aa has been in the bones of Guizer Jarl Neil Robertson since he was just a lad growing up in Lerwick.
Two fast food outlets in Lerwick have had applications to extend weekend opening hours from 3am until 4am rejected.