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Published on Jan 15, 2012
A speculative reconstruction of one-on-one Viking combat based on fighting moves described in the Sagas of Icelanders, including:
-- Pulling the nail from a spear to prevent it from being returned: Grettis saga, ch.48 Hann settist niður og drap úr geirnaglann því að hann vildi eigi að Þorbjörn mætti aftur senda. He sat down and removed the rivet from the shaft, to prevent Þórbjörn from throwing the spear back at him.
-- A grappling throw from behind: Króka-Refs saga, ch.5 En er Gellir linar sókninni tekur Refur undir bróklindahaldið Gelli annarri hendi en annarri í milli herðanna og skýtur honum á klakann stund þá frá sér. Koma niður á Gelli olbogarnir... But when Gellir went at him less strongly, Refur grasped Gellir with one hand on his belt and the other between his shoulder-blades and threw him onto the frozen ground a short distance off. Gellir came down on his elbows...
-- Using the helmet to manipulate the head: Grettis saga, ch.40 Hann hafði þá allt eitt atriðið að hann þreif í hjálminn vinstri hendi og svipti víkinginum af baki... In a single movement, he grabbed the berserk's helmet with his left hand and dashed him from his horse...