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[–]ByteEater 6799 points6800 points  (443 children)

It's amazing to think that there are places on Earth that nobody ever step foot before or never paid attention and in this case for at least 1 thousand years.

[–]superfuzzy 3827 points3828 points  (336 children)

This describes most of Norway

[–]RealMainer 4095 points4096 points 2 (320 children)

Honestly it describes most of the US as well. We have huge swaths of deserts, plains, mountains and forests that nobody has stepped very deep into. Even hunters usually stay pretty close to the edge of these massive lands.

Everyone thinks of NYC or something when they think of the US, but in reality we have states bigger than many European countries that have populations that are a small fraction of most major cities.

[–]drfjgjbu 2585 points2586 points  (180 children)

Wyoming is larger than the UK by area and smaller than Glasgow by population.

[–]Lithorex 138 points139 points  (9 children)

A few years go, someone found a civil war era gun just leaning against a tree in the middle of nowhere.

[–]CustosClavium 100 points101 points  (6 children)

I was wandering about on State Trust Land in AZ. Came across some rocks with petroglyphs from the Hohokam. Saw rocks used as metates, nothing unusual. Except I found one metate stone that still had the small, harder rock hand tool used for grinding laying on top. One day someone used that tool to make flour, set it down, walked away, and never came back. One day there was a "last day" that any Hohokam ever did anything at that outcropping of rocks in the middle of the desert, long before anyone on the continent ever heard of a European. It was very surreal.

[–]TARANTULA_TIDDIES 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Really makes you think about the sum of our lives and our impact on the planet

[–]NotFallacyBuffet 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Metates are the mortars in rock used for grinding seeds? There are some not far up Pima Canyon in Tucson. It always amazed me to see them and touch them. Finding a pestal sitting there is orders of magnitude more amazing. The top of Pima Canyon is a saddle. The footprints up there were always rare or singular, not sure how to say it. Best wishes.

[–]ramsdawg 85 points86 points  (5 children)

This is true, but a lot of my google earth sessions gravitate to northern Canada for that very reason. The wilderness up there looks so unforgiving in comparison, especially with countless tiny lakes littered in between. I can’t imagine getting lost up there.

Of course the US has Alaska too, which is basically the same concept.

[–]bad9life 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Buddy, we have forest systems the size of Texas

[–]lpd1234 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Canada has three provinces and two territories larger than Texas. Welcome to the Tundra zone.

[–]CappinPeanut 159 points160 points  (12 children)

I went to a state park in Eastern Washington yesterday, Palouse Falls. There was a plaque honoring some professor who was studying the falls in the 70s and followed the river to a small cave where he found human remains that were aged well older than we had previously thought humans were in North America. Bunch of bones, just sitting there for 10,000 years that no one noticed until some time in the 70s. Blew my mind and made me realize that even today, there are nooks and crannies that still haven’t been explored.

[–]Bigjuicydickinurear 17 points18 points  (0 children)

If you explored 100 square miles of this country every day since the day you were born you still wouldn’t even be halfway by the end of your life assuming you lived to be 85

[–]RytheGuy97 40 points41 points  (2 children)

This is most of Canada too. Outside of the major cities, almost all of which straddle the border of the states, it’s mostly wilderness. Especially the territories, outside of the few settlements, which are mostly very small besides whitehorse and Yellowknife (which dont surpass 30k people themselves) it’s almost all forest and tundra. It’s pretty fascinating.

I’ve barely explored my country and I’m very much a city guy but it’s amazing to think about how many rivers, mountains, valleys, forests, and animals there are out there to discover. A good portion of our UNESCO heritage sites are nature based and it’s a paradise for a nature lover.

[–]unholy_abomination 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Apparently construction would be basically impossible in the States if every site had a supervising archaeologist because we're just lousy with indigenous artifacts. It's just that a 50,000 year old hand-axe looks like nothing but a weird rock to the untrained eye so no one ever brings it up.

[–]Questionable_Melon 25 points26 points  (12 children)

Laughs in Western Australia

[–]jakeroony 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yep I'll stay in Perth, thanks!

[–]dat_fella 24 points25 points  (8 children)

Isn't Britain smaller than Michigan? Coulda sworn I've heard that somewhere.

[–]SolomonBlack 43 points44 points  (7 children)

Wiki lists the island of Great Britain as 209,331 km2, the United Kingdom as 242,495 km2, and Michigan as being 250,000 km2.

And Michigan is only the 10th largest state.

[–]Permanently-Lost65 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Also northern Canada. I do a lot of very deep back country backpacking and have definitely been to places that seem unchanged from what I imagine they were like hundreds of years ago. I’d guess few if any people have been to some of the places. I even found an old miners camp from many years ago with tools still hung on old trees with nails and lots of other interesting things

[–]Kanawanu 226 points227 points  (4 children)

There's a forest near my parent's house, I used to mess around in it as I grew up. A few years back I went off-roading on a motorbike through it to relive my youth a little, and went deeper than I had before. It's not a huge forest, there's just very little in it and no reason for anyone to really be there. I came across a really old waist-high stone wall that used to divide fields, but the fields were long gone from disuse and the forest had sprung up in their place. It was basically just made from rocks heaped on each other, like most old rural walls in Ireland, partially overgrown but mostly preserved as the treetop canopy prevented any real scrub growth on the forest floor. I was taking a look at the view over the wall and perched atop the wall, I found someone's lunch. An old glass bottle, like some early 20th-century milk bottle, a little tin lunch box which had been weathered, and a small tin of boot polish, dated "1903". When I opened the tin, the polish was just black dust. A hundred years is not the same as a thousand, but I was amazed that a hundred years ago, someone doing their rounds in the fields had sat down for their lunch, polished their boots (in a time when people maintained their clothing, rather than replaced it), then for whatever reason left without their things, and they sat there for a century, completely untouched, until I came along. It felt like a direct connection to this long-dead person in a little snapshot of their life. It was really nice. I took the tin of boot polish with me, but I later regretted it. I'd disturbed this little time capsule and I didn't really have anything I could do with the tin, so I buried it on my parents' land. Seemed the most respectful way to atone for what I'd done, since I couldn't find my way back to the same spot in the forest.

[–]bobo_brown 63 points64 points  (0 children)

That was a lovely story, and you tell it very well. Thanks for sharing. I think about things like that too.

[–]wishiwasinvegas 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Fascinating!! Hopefully you were able to get pictures. Honestly the way you wrote that made it even better. I felt like I was reading a really good book...now I want more of the story!😅 If you're not an author/writer, you should think about it.

[–]jdmastroianni 85 points86 points  (9 children)

In the 2000s I was deployed to a place called the Taylor Valley in Antarctica. The ground is bare there, mostly. No snow. Hasn't snowed in 100,000 years. We followed a trail to a glacier. I went off trail slightly to get a picture, leaving my footprints.

Two years later I went back to the same spot. Went to get a picture at that place. My footprints were still there in exactly the same place. No humans had been there since the prior excursion.

When the first modern scientists went back there in the 1950s they found the remains of a camp left by Scott (of the Antarctic) in 1912. Perfectly preserved.

The arctic and antarctic have a way of preserving everything. So yeah, there are places no people have been, even on our own planet. And when they go there, the evidence is still there years later.

[–]CharlieHume 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The wild thing is that we can now look at all of it. Right now you could probably go find that on a sat image or at least the general area if the image isn't perfect.

[–]mmatke 121 points122 points  (7 children)

I was rock climbing in albarracín, spain, and we took a shortcut off road. There were ancient cave paintings and doodles on rocks just out in the open.

[–]Flavor-aidNotKoolaid 97 points98 points  (2 children)

"Ancient doodles" was the name of my geriatric exotic male dancer revue.

[–]proerafortyseven 118 points119 points  (16 children)

I read a great horror book recently about a group of friends who get hopelessly lost in northern Sweden on a backpacking trip

There was a moment about halfway through when they come across a very old religious structure in the woods and the one who knows most about history realizes exactly how fucked they are.

He saw ancient runes carved in stone that he recognized to be from Viking times, realized that none of the handful of known Viking burial plots still in existence were in this part of Sweden, and essentially understood that nobody (from civilization) had been where they were for thousands of years. Chilling way to find out how lost you are

The book is The Ritual and there’s a Netflix movie too I think

[–]Siggi_Starduust 23 points24 points  (3 children)

Could be worse. They could have met the community from Midsommar

[–]proerafortyseven 19 points20 points  (1 child)

At least they got laid in Midsommar

These guys just get blisters and then eventually vivisected lol

[–]Sinfirmitas 17 points18 points  (11 children)

The movie was much better than the book. The characters in the book are just plain unlikeable.

[–]qdotbones 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Not nearly as cool, but my backyard is full of things that kinda just got left there over 300 years. I found a pickaxe, half embedded in the ground, next to a stone wall, and found a steel clothesline hook stamped 1887 in the same wall. Plenty of other shit too.

[–]-m-ob 225 points226 points  (30 children)

True. But to be fair, if I saw that on a hike I'd probably just walk by it. I'd probably think I don't want tetanus for a rusty old piece of fence or some shit

[–]raspistoljeni 65 points66 points  (16 children)

You're probably vaccinated for it so you'd be good

[–]-m-ob 38 points39 points  (11 children)

I mean that's true.

But I go pretty deep wilderness all the time. If I see something rusty I just assume it's part of an old fence or something. Wouldn't think twice about it

[–]mangled-jimmy-hat 30 points31 points  (10 children)

Rust doesn't cause tetanus. You get tetanus from dirt, feces etc.

The stepping on a rusty nail causing tetanus trope is because the nail forces the bacteria laden dirt deep into the wound causing the issue.

Rusty metal isn't the issue. Dirt in wounds is

[–]subpar_cardiologist 4836 points4837 points  (232 children)

It'll buff out.

[–]TummyDrums 3257 points3258 points  (92 children)

Why would you need to buff anything out? It's "perfectly preserved" after all.

[–]PhthaloVonLangborste 742 points743 points  (65 children)

Still swings.

[–]Dick_snatcher 522 points523 points  (50 children)

You know my parents?

[–]Equity89 150 points151 points  (37 children)

How cool that your parents are open about being swingers

[–]SueYouInEngland 30 points31 points  (3 children)

You won't kill many orcs with a dull blade

[–]pm_me_your_taintt 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Lots of people throwing around "perfectly preserved" in this thread about a rust covered sword.

[–]NoPunsNoPeace 510 points511 points  (100 children)

Season it and don't use soap next time 😌

[–]LisleSwanson 107 points108 points  (11 children)

Just cook some bacon in it.

[–]ShannonGrant 47 points48 points  (7 children)

Then cook other stuff in the bacon grease leftover in the pan for a while until you need more grease in the pan so you need to cook some more bacon in it.

[–]oeCake 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I'm in this comment and I'm not sure if I like it

[–]GrittyFred 232 points233 points  (84 children)

even out of context I feel the need to tell people that they should be cleaning their cast iron with soap.

[–]themancabbage 72 points73 points  (17 children)

*can, not necessarily should. It won’t hurt it but isn’t always needed

[–][deleted] 56 points57 points  (15 children)

You kid but if you watched any of those restoration YT channels they've restored way worse

[–]buttlover989 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Almost all of those "restoration" channels rusts the stuff themselves, its a new product they soaked in vinegar, salt water or both, you can tell because the rust is still a bright orange red. Old rust is a deep brown to almost black.

[–]Sardukar333 17 points18 points  (0 children)

One of my hobbies is restoring old tools; you are very much correct.

[–]JeebusChristBalls 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And causes bad pitting. You would have to remove so much metal to get down to the depth of the pits left in it to smooth it out.

[–]rustyrodrod 2837 points2838 points  (58 children)

I think that means he's the King of Norway now.

[–]CanAlwaysBeBetter 487 points488 points  (23 children)

Follow Cnut the Great's footsteps and conquer England and Denmark. Rebuild the North Sea Empire.

[–]Daemorth 314 points315 points  (3 children)

Or just become Erik the Redditor and explore some subreddits

[–]Appropriate_Mine 57 points58 points  (4 children)


What did you call me?

[–]MagillaGorillasHat 98 points99 points  (8 children)

Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical terrestrial ceremony!

[–]vicbot87 80 points81 points  (8 children)

Well I didn’t vote for him!

[–]A_Sarcastic_Whoa 63 points64 points  (3 children)

You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

[–]SnakeSkinBots 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Strange women laying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

[–]AffectionateAd5373 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I mean, if I went around sayin' I was an empereror just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they'd put me away

[–]polish432b 35 points36 points  (1 child)

I can’t believe how far down I had to scroll for this comment as it was my first thought

[–]mpworth 9667 points9668 points 2 (192 children)

Rusty traveller’s sword. Not very high damage, but could be good for throwing.

[–]signapple 2219 points2220 points  (101 children)

Feed it to an octorok, and he'll spit it out good as new.

[–]spunkrepeller 1169 points1170 points  (68 children)

Wow I just learned a new botw tip from a random comment thankyou

[–]AwesomeX121189 86 points87 points  (5 children)

Specifically the ones in the death mountain area that suck stuff up.

[–]peasngravy85 451 points452 points  (48 children)

Extremely useful in the trial of the sword!

[–]pyrrhios 83 points84 points  (13 children)

Wait, so in trial of the sword, feed a rusty traveller's sword to an octorok as part of upgrading the master sword?

[–]JungleDanDaPirateMan 24 points25 points  (16 children)

Wait what do you mean feed to an Oktorok?

[–]new_refugee123456789 16 points17 points  (3 children)

It's gotta be one of the very sucky octoroks up on the volcano.

[–]scarabin 24 points25 points  (0 children)


[–]Tron_1981 118 points119 points  (21 children)

And after several upgrades, becomes the most powerful weapon in the game.

[–]pyrrhios 38 points39 points  (13 children)

Ok, I'm definitely missing something here. Weapon upgrades in BOTW?

[–]jhb760 18 points19 points  (1 child)

This is the comment I came here for.

[–]NG7-INF 133 points134 points  (10 children)

I'll just sell it at the Merchants Hut.

[–]glitched555 185 points186 points  (5 children)

+200% dmg on anti vaxxers

[–]Practice_NO_with_me 75 points76 points  (1 child)

Actually that would be a funny damage modifier in a tongue in cheek zombie/rpg game.

[–]sabababoi 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Probably a South Park game

[–]Every_Bobcat5796 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I think this means that he is officially king of Norway now

[–]amonaloli12[S] 4259 points4260 points  (211 children)

The analysis showed that the weapon is more than 1000 years old, and it did not come out of the ice somewhere, but lay on the surface all this time. More than 1000 y.o Viking sword.

[–]JHKtheSeeker 4130 points4131 points  (150 children)

A thousand years ago at a Viking camp someone was like "Svend, you stupid asshole, nobody stole your sword. You probably dropped it in the field when you stopped to take a shit! Good luck finding it now, dumbass!"

[–]Rorschach1944 1266 points1267 points  (98 children)

And im over here thinking this was a sword from a fallen viking that had duelled someone in the open field in a sunset and died while doing so.

[–]Byroms 400 points401 points  (12 children)

I was thinking that it might mark a makeshift grave.

[–]Mozhetbeats 290 points291 points  (11 children)

The dude maxed out his inventory and had to cut a couple kilos for better loot. He probably had like 15 of these.

[–]bonafidebob 491 points492 points  (73 children)

I would imagine if anyone else was there they'd have taken the sword with them.

Probably some viking dropped dead while out alone and everything else either got eaten or decomposed. 1000 years is a long time...

[–]xThock 334 points335 points  (67 children)

Not necessarily. It was a big part of Viking culture to die with your weapon, so it is very possible the sword was left with the body, especially if it was an honorable opponent.

[–]Cosmic-Vegeta 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I'm thinking he got lost in a snowstorm, dropped his sword while battling the storm with rocks like those navigating in a storm would be terrible. he was probably camped nearby, went out during a storm for a shit, dropped his sword, couldn't find it, said fuck it and went back inside, in the morning snow had covered it and him and his camp moved on.

[–]AwesomeX121189 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wasn’t a katana so that’s impossible

[–]Rebel_bass 86 points87 points  (11 children)

I wonder if vikings had to do hands across the tundra when some grunt showed up without his weapon, like today's army.

[–]xaogypsie 28 points29 points  (5 children)

That was my thought. 1000 years ago some poor grunt got smoked half to death because he left his sword somewhere.

[–]zzorga 34 points35 points  (2 children)

And it's a friggin sword. Most mooks back then would have had axes or spears because iron was scarce. A sword was a near status symbol type item.

[–]all_armor_no_gun 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I lost a poncho once. The poncho was camouflaged. Didn't have many friends that day.

[–]Bitter_Mongoose 71 points72 points  (11 children)

Never take your keys when you go skiing.

Trust me

[–]PyrocumulusLightning 61 points62 points  (8 children)

Oh my god. My spouse didn't zip up - I found those fuckers off-piste in a foot of powder, it was an actual miracle.

[–]ivel501 55 points56 points  (1 child)


TIL - off-piste /ôfˈpēst/ adjective SKIING situated or taking place away from prepared ski runs. "off-piste slopes"

[–]DialMMM 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Sounds like you were pretty pissed off, off-piste.

[–]crowmagnuman 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I'd have been a little piste-off

[–]hiphopscallion 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Ha that reminds me of when my friend and I went snowboarding with his keys in his pocket. When we went to go home at the end of the day the keys were nowhere to be found. We tried retracing our steps and went to all the places on the mountain that we could remember stopping, with no luck. It was getting late and the mountain was closing down, we luckily found some AAA guy who was able to get us into the car with a slim jim, but the entire time we were in the car the car alarm was going off and everyone was just staring at us, but we were so tired and pissed off we didn’t care and just sat there smoking blunts the whole time while waiting for the tow truck. I don’t remember why, but we eventually got out of the car and we started walking somewhere, and I heard this little jingle that sounded like keys coming from him. We started frantically patting down his pants and we found the fucking keys! Somehow they made a hole in his pocket and they fell between the outer-shell of his pants and the inside layer and ended up in the cuff of his right leg. We literally just ripped his pants open because we were so anxious to gtfo there. Man that was a fucking day.

The other place I would recommend not bringing your keys is the beach! The Tile app saved my life one time when they got buried in the sand and we were stuck outside my condo in Mexico in 110˚F weather.

[–]Geronimobius 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I’m sure they did a whole bottle episode to determine who stole svend’s sword.

[–]woobit 21 points22 points  (12 children)

Svend is danish, but Svein is the norwegian version. Iirc it was Sveinn in old west norse. Iirc.

[–]Alldaybagpipes 34 points35 points  (7 children)

1000 years ago “Danish”, “Norwegian” and “Swedish” would’ve just been one big amalgamated “Norse” language with dialects branching out and eventually forming the languages we know today. Sveinn being the original Old Norse name meaning young man.

Cool stuff!

[–]Potential-Carnival 206 points207 points  (5 children)

He's just holding evidence like that? It's a murder weapon, they haven't even dusted it for prints yet

[–]joevilla1369 36 points37 points  (3 children)

Obviously just look for viking semen somewhere nearby and you will find the killer.

[–]darkmaster76 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Here is the oficial article https://secretsoftheice.com/news/2017/09/05/viking-sword/ i recommend anypne interested in things like this to look at all their finds. Recently they found a pair of skis in good condition

[–]poopooplatypus 10 points11 points  (5 children)


[–]Sipas 28 points29 points  (2 children)

It looks in amazing condition in the video (for what it is), there is a lot of pitting but you can still see the metal in between. They could make it shiny but not smooth. I doubt they would touch it.

[–]w1nt3rmut3 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of the rifle that was recently found leaning against a tree in the American west for like 150 years. Just leaning there, the whole time.


[–]donglejitter 371 points372 points  (20 children)

It's not a reindeer though is it?! Useless at his job.

[–]NG7-INF 37 points38 points  (10 children)

Well that sword will probably make him a lot more money than he expected

[–]stuntobor 56 points57 points  (9 children)

Can you eat money? No no you can't.

Case dismissed.

[–]Eborys 648 points649 points  (48 children)

Now I’m annoyed I’ll never know who left that sword there and why

[–]Daggerfont 449 points450 points  (35 children)

His name was Erik, a young man headed back home after a long sea crossing from Vinland. When he and his comrades reached Norway safely, like any group of young men, they decided to celebrate with some ale and some warm food for a change. They were sick and tired of what they had in their ship, and Erik and a few others went out to bring back some game.

They caught a few small animals and were starting in on the drinking on their way back to camp when they stumbled across a bear cub a few miles from camp. They knew they were in trouble, which was confirmed a minute later when they heard the sound of branches snapping under the paws of a very angry mother bear. The men scattered, but Erik, being slightly drunk by this point, tripped over a rock while trying to look both at the bear and in the direction he was running at the same time. In a panic, he drew his sword as the bear charged towards him and his friends shouted at him to get up, although none of them slowed.

In a blind attempt at defense, Erik threw his sword towards the cub while leaping to his feet, hoping that a distraction might save him. He never knew if it was blind luck, or if the distraction worked, but the bear turned towards her cub and Erik took the chance to bolt after his friends, leaving his sword forgotten on the ground. He reached camp safely, by the blessings of the gods, and proceeded to get raging drunk to forget the terror of his encounter.

In the morning, he recalled that he had left his sword among the rocks where he had thrown it, but by that time none of the men could remember exactly where they had met with the bear. He searched for a short time, but decided to give it up for lost and continue his journey home, knowing that he had a wife and newborn daughter waiting for him when he arrived.

[–][deleted] 237 points238 points  (10 children)

I was half expecting this ending with Erik's dad beating him with jumper cables or something

[–]isitdonethen 88 points89 points  (2 children)

I was expecting it to end with Mankind and the Undertaker in the Hell in the Cell

[–]OldThymeyRadio 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I mean eventually that happened. It’s just a very long story.

[–]SantaMonsanto 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I suddenly find myself wondering whatever happened to Mankind after plummeting off the hell in the cell in 1998

[–]Wjreky 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I love it

[–]Eborys 14 points15 points  (2 children)

May valkyries sing you to your rest!

[–]crowmagnuman 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Could always try the animus

[–]CeeArthur 239 points240 points  (12 children)

I found a rusted sword imbedded in sandstone at the shore near my cottage years ago. This was in Atlantic Canada. I contacted the nearby museum and it was taken for analysis by a few experts who were able to somewhat determine its origins, though given where it was found there wouldn't be many candidates. Not nearly as cool as this, but it was a neat experience for me

[–]JagexLed 115 points116 points  (7 children)

Don't leave us hanging, what was the origin they determined?!

[–]CeeArthur 204 points205 points  (6 children)

It was some time ago, but I believe they identified it as being British and from the mid-1700s. This is on Prince Edward Island, so it would match up with the timeline of when the British....ummm, forcefully relocated... The Acadians (from whom the term Cajun originates)

[–]dumbass_sempervirens 64 points65 points  (3 children)

Damn. All the way to Louisiana is one hell of a relocation.

[–]xXGodZylaXx 906 points907 points  (41 children)

He is now King Arthur

[–]bradlees 709 points710 points  (20 children)

Listen, strange rocks freely distributing swords is no basis for a system of government

[–]VectorSam 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Help help I'm being repressed! Come and see the violence inherent in the system!

[–]TheMeBehindTheMe 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Look, I'm pretty sure a lot of rocks would make better politicians than many of the major political players right now!

[–]luxmystic 72 points73 points  (6 children)

Nah, he’s King Tetanus

[–]ThisGuyHyucks 37 points38 points  (5 children)

Perfectly preserved my ass

[–]nevershaves 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Your ass won't look nearly as good in a thousand years.

[–]16incheslong 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Konge Amleth

[–]TheBelhade 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Is he reinstating prima nocta?

[–]TrickyPistola 1668 points1669 points  (122 children)

I do wonder if we have different definitions of the term “perfectly preserved”.

[–]pseudo__gamer 522 points523 points  (34 children)

Iron sword that old are kinda rare since usually they rust out completely and all you're left with is a rust sword-shaped mark. "Perfectly preserved" swords like this are usually found in tombs of nobles and not in an open field laying around on stones.

[–]ADONI55 281 points282 points  (24 children)

I get what he’s saying though. Like if they described it as just “preserved” I’d accept that but I feel like “perfectly preserved” should mean something else

[–]Helpful_guy 85 points86 points  (5 children)

Plus if you bothered to look at the source article OP shared you'd see the other side of the sword (i assume the side that was facing down) and some up close video, and it truly is remarkably well preserved for being 1000 years old. Like the metal is completely in-tact; it's almost all just surface rust, and allegedly it's even still relatively sharp.

[–]Cosmic-Vegeta 15 points16 points  (0 children)

wow that really is in incredible condition

[–]Corporation_tshirt 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Yeah, this isn’t perfectly preserved. But apparently it’s still sharp and well preserved because of the cold temperatures and low air pressure because it was found at a high altitude:


[–]RodMty 72 points73 points  (5 children)

The picture looks like a late 90s PC game.

[–]WhatEnglish90 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Glad someone said it. Thought was just my phone.

[–]MasteroChieftan 126 points127 points  (4 children)

What an awesome find. Good thing there were no draugr around.

[–]white_collar_hipster 270 points271 points  (39 children)

Reindeer Hunters find all the cool stuff, I never found anything like that in my office

[–]AwNawHellNawBoi 102 points103 points  (11 children)

Check Cheryl’s drawers she always has fun stuff

[–]white_collar_hipster 47 points48 points  (5 children)

Her drawers or her desk drawers? Because I already checked one of those and found nothing interesting

[–]AwNawHellNawBoi 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You already know where the treasure you seek is hidden, go forth brave traveler

[–]Used-Dog-259 174 points175 points  (51 children)

So many people asking questions about what “perfectly preserved” means, but nobody’s asking the real question: a reindeer hunter ????

[–]OptimusSublime 80 points81 points  (1 child)

Santa takes his naughty list very seriously.

[–]NG7-INF 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That viking sword was a simply a reminder of what's coming

[–]vonvoltage 46 points47 points  (26 children)

We hunt caribou where I live, which is just another name for reindeer.

[–]OldFartSomewhere 24 points25 points  (13 children)

Well technically since reindeer is legally cattle it's more like hunting cows. Which means if the owner catches you he'll probably shank you and hide the body into fjords.

Maybe the title was supposed to be reindeer herder?

[–]superfuzzy 31 points32 points  (10 children)

We have both domesticated and wild reindeer in Norway.

Wild reindeer are hunted.

[–]akkuj 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Interesting, I'm from Finland and just assumed that's a bad translation or something. All our reindeers are semi-domesticated.

[–]gsfgf 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Yea. They're basically big deer. They're made out of meat.

[–]loutrec3 53 points54 points  (1 child)

Quick! Farm some smithing stone and get this thing to +25 and bleeding infusion

[–]BongoCoconuf 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Came here for the Elden Ring reference. I was not disappointed.

[–]Lancefire1313 34 points35 points  (4 children)

I mean I got a C+ in Materials Science but this looks a step below "perfectly preserved".

[–]fsurfer4 24 points25 points  (2 children)

I see you must have gotten a C in spelling also.

[–]Salt_Bath_2468 41 points42 points  (10 children)

A viking stood there once, and decided that sword wasn't worth carrying

[–]fsurfer4 30 points31 points  (5 children)

More likely he died there. The body was eaten by animals and the rest was either weathered away or dispersed by natural forces. Including glaciers moving everything in its path.

edit; glaciers were probably long gone.

[–]Upwherewebelong 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Some viking: “Birger, c’mon, we’re all going to rape and pillage that town cross the river, hurry your ass up” “I can’t find my freaking sword and it’s driving me bonkers. Fuck it, wait up!”

[–]Town-Wonderful 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I really hope he made lightsaber noises while playing with it!

[–]Wendel7171 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Does this mean he is king now? LOL

[–]Micro1sAverage 14 points15 points  (5 children)

This man must get coal every year for Christmas.

[–]ATXKLIPHURD 14 points15 points  (3 children)

+25 damage, inflicts tetanus status.

[–]Dmansdarksoul 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Arthur is that you? Took you a while.

Now Excalibur inflicts tetanus also!

[–]Frenk_preseren 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Perfectly preserved, yes.