Amazing find in Southern Sweden

Thursday, November 10, 2011

  The long-running excavations at the high status Viking Age site of Uppåkra have turned up this bronze plaque which may depict Volundr – aka Weland Smith – a mythological figure well-known to both the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons.

Beowulf described his corslet as ‘Weland’s work’! If it is Weland, he is shown here with wings, escaping imprisonment by the cruel king, a scene which also appears on sculpture from Yorkshire.