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Viking sword with beautiful decorations. The extreme nature of the ornamentation…

museum-of-artifacts: “ Viking sword with beautiful decorations. The extreme nature of the ornamentation on this sword, combined with the unusual (for Scandinavia) motifs coupled with the apparent lack of a fuller (lenticular, ‘grooveless’ sword.

Carved figures in wooden panels at the sides of the entrance to a medieval stave church in Norway illustrate the story of Sigurd the dragon slayer. This tale is alluded to in Beowulf, Njal's Saga, and other ancient works, and is recited with substantial detail in the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson and in the thirteenth-century anonymous Icelandic works Saga of the Volsungs and Dietrich's Saga.

The Sigurd Portal - Carved doorposts of the medieval stave church at Hylestad, Setesdal, Norway. Sigurd the Volsung killing the dragon Fafnir (piercing his heart). Here, Fafnir is depicted as a serpent. Sigurd is riding his horse Grami.