Secrets of the Viking Sword

Secrets of the Viking Sword

DVD - 2012
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The Vikings were the most ferocious warriors of the Middle Ages. Especially fearsome were the select few who wielded a formidable weapon: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible sword with its maker's name, Ulfberht, inlaid along the blade. But who Ulfberht was, where the sword came from, and how it was made remained secret for more than 1,000 years.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Distribution, 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen ed
Language Note: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
ISBN: 9781608837748
UPC: 841887017770
Call Number: DVD 623.441089395 SECRETS
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Feb 20, 2017

Well done documentary. The sword making process was very interesting.

Dec 03, 2016


Oct 24, 2016

What I loved the most about this, is how they were able to trace and compare the material used to make these swords to the Orient, perhaps exposing the possibilities of an unknown trade route. The metal in these swords is far superior to anything else available to these people at the time. We all enjoyed watching this, and was far more interesting than expected.

Sep 10, 2016

Interesting documentary about the Ulfberht Viking sword. A metallurgist in Wisconsin recreates the production process - explaining how the metal was made and why it was superior to other swords made at the time. Not too technical, okay to watch with the kids. They have one expert in medieval martial arts whacking away at stuff (pumpkins, gourds, etc.) with swords - kids will love it!
They don't have any idea as to who was Ulfbehrt. A man? A forge? A place? The word Ulfbehrt is manufactured into the sword along with several small crosses. Some historians suggest the sword may have been manufactured by a monk or a monastery. Only 60 minutes, a good, quick, interesting program.

Aug 03, 2016

Really interesting documentary on how a medieval Viking sword may have been made, and the science behind the making of such a strong sword.

aaa5756 Feb 15, 2013

Very well done and interesting documentary movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD

Nov 25, 2012

Informative documentary on a subject I was unfamiliar with. Swords found in Viking graves and associated sites have perplexed archaeologists for decades, because the workmanship was centuries ahead of its time in terms of the quality of the sword and the means of forging the steel. Experts are brought in to explore various aspects of the history, and a modern blacksmith carefully recreates the process using the techniques available at the time to reverse engineer a similar sword. Fascinating.


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