Knives Illustrated

THE SEAX IN AN HISTORIC BATTLE

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One of the more memorable descriptio­ns of the use of a seax in a fight occurs in Brennu-njáls saga, at the fight on the Rangá. Kolr thrust at Kolskeggr with his spear while Kolskeggr had his hands full with other opponents. The spear went through Kolskeggr’s thigh. Kolskeggr stepped forward and cut off Kolr’s leg with his seax, and he asked, “Did that hit you or not?” Kolr replied that it was what he deserved for not shielding himself. He stood looking at his leg stump. Kolskeggr said, “You don’t need to look: It’s just as you think. The leg is gone.” Then Kolr fell down dead.

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