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  1. The viking age was in the middle ages… So whats the difference? Is it
    scandinavian and northern slavic swords against middle european swords?
    Or swords from the middle of the middle ages against swords from another
    part of the middle ages? Or is it just fighting style? With the "medieval" sword you made more langes Messer/Buckler stuff…

  2. Google translated:
    Sorry, but…
    1. The Viking shield is not strong enough and easily breaks through with a sword. Keep him close to the body – a fatal mistake.
    2. It is highly undesirable to hold the sword with a relaxed brush. This leads to a multiple weakening of the impact and the probability of losing a sword when struck.
    3. A sword is much more convenient to prick than chop. A wide pommel does not prevent this, even on the contrary. Is there a way.

    Original text:
    Извините но…
    1. Щит викингов недостаточно прочен и легко пробивается мечом. Держать его близко к телу – фатальная ошибка.
    2. Держать меч расслабленной кистью крайне нежелательно. Это приводит к многократному ослаблению удара и вероятности потерять при ударе меч.
    3. Мечом намного удобнее колоть, чем рубить. Широкое навершие не мешает этому, даже наоборот. Есть способы более удобного удержания меча с широким навершием, чем вами показанный.

  3. I am not sure about the angle of the shield bash at the beginning. While certainly useful in single combat, it takes up a lot of limited space on the battlefield and leaves the chest exposed to spears or missiles. Norsemen were primarily drilled in formation fighting and similar cramped conditions, e.g. on a ship (in fact we know that by the 1200's and the King's Mirror, noblemen were encouraged to bring a spear in addition to the sword for more flexibility in close combat, particularly switching between shield wall and looser order fighting). I suspect only the most experienced fighters would go against such training even in single combat. What seems more logical to me is a flat shield bash intended to push both the opponents shield and sword to one direction (be it sideways, to the left, or upwards) to allow for a stab or slash around the exposed side. A "high" shield bash is just too dangerous in a normal battle situation, due to the exposure.

  4. Amazing video! It's always entertaining to explore the intricacies of how material culture was designed in times long past; if anything, studies like this show us how our ancestors weren every bit as intelligent and cunning as we are today

  5. I love that hat, did you make it or buy it? if you made it, can you make a video on it, and if you bought it where? I really like fur hats right now and this one is also sorta a helmet, it looks great! or is that a helmet? I can't tell what the material is on top, it sorta reminds me of a similar Mongol helmet.

  6. my eyes have seen the glory of the trampling at the zoo, we washed our hands in niggers blood and all the mongrels to, we're taking down the zog machine jew by jew my jew! the white man marches on!

  7. Hey Roland love your content, I have a question I hope you can answer.
    I'm looking to buy authentic replicas of Viking age swords, do you know of any shops within the EU? I've been looking at Albion swords but it's a major pain to get them inside the country from the US.

    It's not a matter of legality owning the sword, it's a problem with importation of the weapon in the first place, it's a major major pain here in Denmark.

    I should probably specify my pricerange is 1500-2500 euros.

    Kind regards.

  8. Where is the historical evidence for these 'throw-strikes'? It seems like a plausible theory but how can it possibly be anymore than that? In my mind anyone who tells you 'the truth' of Viking fighting style is lying, simply due to the complete lack of written evidence. Much can be guessed from weapon designs and so forth, but not known for certain as we can with the many things of the medieval era.

  9. I do not buy the explanation. It doesn't take into account that in viking era wars, fighting inside a shieldwall was the most common way. Crossguards were disadvantage under These conditions. In the middle ages, the role of the Warriors changed. This Leads automatically to different conditions in the battlefield: the single combat knight vs Knight became the aim. Nö need ansonsten want for shieldwalls any more. Consequently, the crossguard became usefull. So: basically, Social developments fostered the Development.

  10. would a kite shield with center grip works? I'm wondering if I can use horizontal centergrip to my kite shield (dunno about vertical/diagonal though). I mean compared to the other strap configuration, a horizontal centergrip kite shield is quite similar to horizontal strapheld kite shield in terms of hand position

  11. I would love to take a class like this on Viking age combat or even later medieval combat it would be good exercise and extremely educational. The only sword I've played around with has been a Scottish Claymore and holy shite I could barely maneuver it it was so heavy!

  12. Nice. I was pretty impressed by the accuracy of the presentation, even if the exactly mechanical knowledge behind the dynamics of the sword isn't there. I didn't want to comment, but the Rage Against The Machine melody convinced me. You Sir deserve a like, and I will be looking out for your channel.

  13. Im curious what type of medieval arming sword that was, Ive never seen one with what appears to be a semi circle gaurd along the blade. Is it for binding? Does anyone know what its called so I can look into this further?

  14. You seem to use the swords as thrust weapons more than slashing weapons, do you believe this was more common than the swinging ,cutting motion, as shown in the movie "13th worrior"

  15. Do you think a sword balanced like a norse sword would lend itself well to SCA beat-each-other-with-a-stick fighting? That cast blow looks like it delivers a great amount of power to the end of the blade