Her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite

A few weeks ago, the news broke about how in Sweden an 8-year-old pulled out what she believed to be a stick that was protruding from a lake, only to discover that it was in fact a Viking Age sword. As you might guess, like many other reenactors that I know, my first thought was that distributing swords are no basis for a system of government. My second thought was on the various articles I have read about distributing items into lakes, and the Viking Age Norse concepts of water.

Check out from Julie Lund’s (of the University of Oslo) Banks, Borders and Bodies of Water in a Viking Age Mentality as well as Anne Irene Rissøy’s (of Buskerud University College) Sacred Legal Places in Eddie Poetry: Reflected in Real Life?