Friday, June 8, 2012

Maggie's sword

Maggie's favorite thing she did in school this year was making this sword out of chicken wire and paper maché. It's an actual size replica of a Viking sword, and it gives you a very good idea of how big and heavy some of these swords could be. Swords in Viking times were rare and expensive, a sword could cost as much as 16 milk cows, which is a fortune! They'd be handed down generation to generation, and loss of a sword would be a tragedy – it would be much better to lose a wife or child. Swords would have names, too, usually violent names. Maggie's is called Russemølnar, the Russe crusher!

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