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Digitised reconstruction of a Viking sword

This is a digitised reconstruction of a Viking sword. The hilt and the blade are from separate swords. Images of the two parts were combined to create an approximation of how the sword from Eigg might have looked.

The hilt was discovered on Eigg in 1830, but none of the fragments of the blade survive. The double-edged blade was found with a hilt of different form near Gorton in Moray.

Viking men were often buried with their weapons, together with a range of objects to accompany them after death. Swords were highly valued items, even plain ones. Some were elaborately decorated. They were used as slashing weapons.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-232-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 157
Date: 9th century
Date of original hilt: 9th century; date of original blade: 900-1000
Material: Bronze, silver, gilt and niello
Dimensions: 7.50" L
What: Sword hilt
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg
Description: Viking sword hilt of bronze inlaid with silver, from Eigg, 9th century
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, pp 63-6, 159. 
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