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Published on Jan 6, 2012
A speculative reconstruction of one-on-one Viking combat based on fighting moves described in the Sagas of Icelanders, including:
-- Catching a spear in flight and flinging it back: Brennu-Njáls saga, ch.54 Gunnar tók á lofti spjótið og skaut aftur þegar og fló í gegnum skjöldinn og austmanninn... Gunnar caught the spear in the air and threw it back and it went through the shield and the Norwegian...
-- Falling sideways to avoid a spear: Brennu-Njáls saga, ch.38 Þá þreif Atli spjótið og skaut eftir honum. Brynjólfur kastaði sér niður við vellinum en spjótið flaug yfir hann fram. Atli grabbed his spear and threw it at him. Brynjólfur threw himself to the ground, and the spear passed over him.
-- Cutting the leg tendons: Kormáks saga, ch.16 Halldór komst á bak Vala og beitir á hásinar honum Hvítingi. Halldór got at Vali from behind and used [the sword] Hvíting on his leg tendons.