Thursday, June 23, 2011

Enemy is Killed by Slain Foe’s Teeth

Traditionally, in ancient times, it was common to behead your defeated foe and display their head as a trophy for a hard fight won. This was such the case of Sigurid the Mighty of Orkney who won his battle with Máel Brigte. Returning to his home, Sigurid strapped the head of Máel to his horse’s saddle. Most unfortunate for Sigurid, he did not realize that Máel’s teeth grazed against his bar leg as he rode and breaking skin. This caused a fatal infection and Sigurid soon died.  It appears Máel won even after death. 

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