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Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas: 9

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Published on Jan 23, 2012

A speculative reconstruction of one-on-one Viking combat based on fighting moves described in the Sagas of Icelanders, including:

-- An axe gets stuck after a blow: Vatnsdæla saga, ch.39
Og er hann heyrði að öxin þaut veik hann sér hjá dyrunum en Þórir hjó í ásinn er fram tók úr vindskeiðunum og stóð öxin þar föst...
...And when he heard the axe whistling, he got himself through the doorway and Þórir's blow hit the beam and the axe stuck fast in the beam...

-- Using the shield two-handed: Laxdæla saga, ch.55
En er Bolli sér það þá kastar hann sverðinu en tók skjöldinn tveim höndum...
When Bolli saw this, he threw down his sword and took his shield in both hands...

-- Throwing the shield at an opponent: Brennu-Njáls saga, ch.92
Tjörvi renndi fyrir hann törgu og steðjaði hann yfir upp og stóðst þó...
Tjörvi threw a shield at him, but he leaped over it and landed smoothly...

-- Use of a wrestling stone (fanghella): Gunnars saga Keldugnúpsfífls, ch.7
Þangað bárust þeir að svo að fætur Gunnars námu helluna. Þá sleppti Gunnar þeim tökum sem hann hafði áður haldið en tók báðum höndum í axlir honum en hljóp sjálfur öfugur upp yfir helluna og í því kippti Gunnar að sér blámanninum svo snöggt að hann tók sundur í tvo hluti við hellunni.
They struggled across the field until Gunnar's feet touched the slab of stone, when he released his hold, took the black man by both shoulders and leaped over the stone backwards. As he did so, Gunnar jerked the black man towards himself so suddenly that he split in half across the stone.

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