Viking Holmgang

The Holmgang is a duel between two warriors in order to settle a dispute. Disputes can range from an offensive remark to fights over property and debts. Holmgang is not necessarily a fight to the death, it can also be a fight to first blood. The duel is fought with a shield bearer representing each side. The shield bearer cannot be struck by the two warriors, but the shield bearers can attack each and the warriors with their shields. To strike a shield bearer leads to instant disqualification. Jorth Gar’s re-enactment Holmgang is a competition between the warrior and shield bearer teams. A team wins by getting a clear hit on the opponent.

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