VIKING SWORDS 4172L and 4172NQ BY DENIX OF SPAIN These strong, handsome swords were with the great Viking leader during his brutal raids along the English Channel circa 950-1001AD. Swords feature elaborately engraved hand guards, pommel and scabbard fittings. The swords polished metal (zinc) blades measure 38" long . Each handle is wire wrapped and each scabbard is beautifully leatherette wrapped for a regal touch. Your choice between Brass or Siver finish. ERIC THE RED
Eric the Red (also Erik Thorvaldson, Eirik Raude or Eirik Torvaldsson) was a native of Norway and the founder of the first European settlement in Greenland. Nicknamed for the color of his hair, Eric was apparently exiled around 982 for killing two men. For three years he sailed around and explored the southern part of what he dubbed Greenland. In 986 he left Iceland with more than 20 ships and around 400-500 people. He arrived in Greenland with 14 boats and an estimated 350 colonizers. Although the settlement eventually disappeared, it opened the door to centuries of occasional explorations of the area and colonization attempts by northern Europeans. Eric the Red's son was Leif Ericsson, who went on to become one of the first Europeans to sail to North America.