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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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B2782 (B2782) - iron staff

object; 900-1000; not skaldic;

Historisk museum i Bergen
Location: Søreim;

contents from the ONP and skaldic databases:

object/burial information
description:

Find place:

Søreim, Dale, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

Context:

Stray find

Total length of the staff:

96.5cm

Weight of the staff:

?

Cross section of the shaft (shape):

Square

Width of the shaft:

1cm

Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part/tip of the staff:

19cm

Length of the ‘handle’ measured from the upper part of the upper mount to the lower end of the lower mount:

16cm

Number of rods:

There are 4 double rods (i.e. two rods welded together in each of the four strands). All rods are twisted.

Rings:

One ring is attached to the upper terminal of the shaft.

Length of rods:

13.5cm, but since they are all fitted under the mounts, they must be a bit longer.

Dimensions of the ring:

Thickness: 5mm

Width: 6mm

External diameter: 6cm

Internal diameter: 5cm

Other attachments in the ‘handle’ part:

A Þórr’s hammer (6cm long) made of iron.

Comments:

This is one of the most interesting and uniquely designed types of staffs. The disc in the middle of the ‘handle’ is not perforated (as in case of some staffs from Sweden) and the rods are placed along its outer rim. The Þórr’s hammer attached to the loop is made from one piece of iron.

Description of the plate:

Fig. 1: The ‘handle’ of the staff.

Fig. 2: Details of the staff’s ‘handle’ and the plate in its middle part.

Fig. 3: A drawing of the staff’s ‘handle’.

Fig. 4: The lower end of the staff with a sharp point.

Fig. 5: Details of the staff’s ‘handle’ and the rods.

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