Vikings battle in Lismore

Viking re-enactment group Rognvald Lith has grown in numbers significantly this year. In this shot Alan Buse, having already slain an opponent, moves on to battle it out with Matt Bryant on Trinitys playing fields on Saturday. The rules of combat are stringent and bruised knuckles seems to be the worst of the injuries incurred. Although the fights might seem best left fictional, wielding a large metal sword in a large padded suit is exhausting and good for aerobic fitness. Furthermore, the contestants make their own weapons and armour, which lifts their skill levels significantly.


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