The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature
This book is an invaluable exploration of the significance of the sword as symbol and weapon in the Anglo-Saxon world, using archaeological and literary evidence. The first part of the book, a careful study of the disposition of swords found in peat bogs, in graves, lakes and rivers, yields information on religious and social practices. The second is concerned with literary sources, especially Beowulf.
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THE MAKING OF THE SWORD
Iron for the Blade
When and Where were they Made?
The Teutonic Sword
THE TELLING OF THE SWORD 1 Historical Records
Some Sword Terms in Beowulf
The Sword Hrunting
The Sword from the Lake
Other Swords in AngloSaxon Poetry
The Construction of the Hilt
The Decoration of the Hilt
The Ring on the Hilt
Alamannic Anstee appears archaeological battle Behmer belt Beowulf Brighthampton British Museum Bruce-Mitford carbon chape Childeric's colour curved damascened decoration described duel early edges Egils Saga elaborate evidence examples Falk fastened fight Finglesham forging France-Lanord Frankish giants Gilton given gold grave Grettis Saga grip guard hand hilt holmganga Hrunting Hygelac Iceland inlaid inscribed iron Kent king literature London mentioned metal Migration period niello Nydam Old Norse ornament pattern-welded blade pattern-welded swords patterned blades period Petersfinger Plate poem poet pommel pommel-bar probably reference resemblance rich ring RING-HILTS ring-knobs River River Witham rods Roman runes runic inscriptions Saga Salin Sarre Saxo Saxon scabbard Scandinavian scramasax seems seventh century shield side silver sixth century Skofnung smiths spear steel strap strips suggested survived Sutton Hoo sword-blade symbol tang term Teutonic Thames twisted Ulfberht Viking Age Viking sword Vimose warriors weapon welded worn