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Whitting


In the Icelandic Kormak's (Cormac's) Saga, Whitting is the sword of Bersi. It is described as "a sharp sword, with a life-stone to it; and that sword he had carried in many a fray." In order to fight Bersi, Kormak borrowed the sword Skofnung from Skeggi, but he was warned that it was difficult to handle:

"There is a pouch to it, and that thou shalt let be. Sun must not shine on the pommel of the hilt. Thou shalt not wear it until fighting is forward, and when ye come to the field, sit all alone and then draw it. Hold the edge toward thee, and blow on it. Then will a little worm creep from under the hilt. Then slope thou the sword over, and make it easy for that worm to creep back beneath the hilt."


Kormak failed to heed the warning, and drew the sword improperly, draining all of the luck out of the blade. In his duel against Bersi, the Skofnung chopped off the tip of Bersi's sword Whitting, and the tip cut Kormak on the thumb. Bersi had therefore drawn first blood and won the duel.

Mythology, Norse, Sword, Weapon


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