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!