A Viking's Sword

Dublin Core

Title

A Viking's Sword

Subject

Brisbane, burial, England, Norseman, The Queenslander, raiding, ship, ships, swords, sword, QLD, Queensland, sacrifice, Sweden, Viking, warfare, war, battle, battles, weapon, weapons, weaponry

Description

A highly romanticised article on page 46 of the Brisbane newspaper The Queenslander on 17 May, 1934. The article reports on a male Viking warrior grave uncovered in Sweden. Among the various grave-goods found was a sword made in England. This leads the author to create a highly speculative account of a Viking raid on England and the sword being ‘taken from the dead hand of one who fell defending his home’. Other goods found accompanying this member of the ‘sea wolves’ included a horse, dog, a possible slave, gaming pieces and a possible slave. The article also mentions the ‘savage gods’ that the man was likely to worship and his preference to die abroad in battle. The article is a good example of the romantic speculation that the Vikings seem to encourage.

Creator

Anon.

Source

National Library of Australia

Publisher

The Queenslander

Date

24 May 1934

Rights

No Copyright

Format

Newspaper Article; PDF

Language

English

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

PDF; Newspaper Article

Citation

“A Viking's Sword,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed October 15, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/485.