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Viking Sword Found by a Reindeer Hunter in Norway (Video)

Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:51
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Researchers are working to determine the origin of a 1,000-year-old Viking sword found in the remote mountains of southern Norway last month.

Einar Ambakk, a reindeer hunter, said he saw the blade sticking out of the rocks in the remote area, but didn’t realize it was a sword until he picked it up.

The Glacier Archaeology Program at Oppland County Council learned about the sword, which is believed to be from 850-950 AD, and researchers traveled with Ambakk to the location where the weapon was discovered. The exact location was found using GPS data from photographs taken by Ambakk when the sword was first found.

But despite extensive searching, no other artifacts were found, further adding to the mystery surrounding the sword. Researcher Lars Pilø questioned why a Viking would be in the remote area carrying only his sword or why a Viking would have left behind such a precious item.

“It seems likely that the sword belonged to a Viking who died on the mountain, perhaps from exposure,” Pilø said. “However, if that is indeed the case, was he traveling in the high mountains with only his sword? It is a bit of a mystery.”

Pilø suggested the sword bearer may have become lost, possibly in a snow blizzard.

Nonetheless, the sword was, “well preserved without any kind of scratches and bending,” due, in part, to the quality of the iron. Pilø said the sword likely would have had either a wooden or leather grip, but it has long since wasted away.

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  • 2QIK4U

    Looking at the hilt of the sword I’d say it’s Roman design not Viking. Ask asterix and obelix

    • DK

      Both true and untrue in a way, at this time Northmen comprised the Vangard a division of mercenaries in the service of the Byzantine Empire and traveled widely through the river networks of eastern Europe such as the Danube and Elbe with a short’ish land crossing, Similarly Volga and Don and the Dnieper all of which were major transport hubs to the Baltic.

      When they returned home they took with them their wages, goods and some weapons which were copied and sometimes improved, however the Steel left much to be desired being brittle. It is definitely a Dane design with the blood channel. Vikings believed in magic, the Ulfberht was a sword with such a reputation that copies were made with the belief that inscribing the name (the smith signed his work) would give the sword the same properties. The originals flexed like a modern foil the copies inevitably broke. Ulfberht was a Frank or believed so and is liked in legend to Wayland the Smith. I hope this clears things up.

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