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Ken Speed





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PostPosted: Fri 20 Oct, 2006 7:29 pm    Post subject: Viking Martial Techniques         Reply with quote

This is my first message here although I've been lurking for a couple of months. I was especially interested in the discussion about gripping the Viking sword. It seems evident to me that the way a weapon is gripped is going to detemine how it is used and I was wondering what information is available about how the Vikings used their weapons. The pommel grip that was discussed would result in the sword being swung like a machete or hatchet, that is with a lot of wrist action in the strike. It seems to follow that this kind of strike would would result in a very quick and athletic style of swordplay as opposed to the crude hammer the opponent into the ground that fiction portrays.
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Shawn Henthorn




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Oct, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

this is the best link I know of..... http://www.hurstwic.org/library/arms_in_sagas/
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George Hill




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PostPosted: Fri 20 Oct, 2006 8:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Shawn Henthorn wrote:
this is the best link I know of..... http://www.hurstwic.org/library/arms_in_sagas/


They are good. This page, (Also hurstwic) is damn good. http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/manu...t/arms.htm
In the middle is a good bit of shield form.

To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes. - --Tacitus on Germania
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Martin Wilkinson





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PostPosted: Sat 21 Oct, 2006 8:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Unfortunately the Vikings didn't leave us any manuals on the techniques they used to fight.

So, the only source i can think of that might tell you what you're after is the sagas, which someone has already posted a link to, the ARMA also has excerts from some of the Norse sagas which may be of use to you.

http://www.thearma.org/essays/vikingfight.htm

this is probably a little late, but may help:

http://www.thearma.org/essays/Saxo.htm

"A bullet you see may go anywhere, but steel's, almost bound to go somewhere."

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