Thanks for mentioning about the 4-fletch arrows
attrubuted by DuChaillu's book. I had passed it
up when looking through my documentations.
Here's the complete quote:
"The quivers from the earlier iron age were
occasionally of wood, sometimes with bronze
mountings, and were made to hold a score of arrows.
Some arrows were ornamented with gold, were long,
and often barbed with iron or bone. The
arrow-shafts, of wood, were two to three feet long,
with four rows of feathers, fasted in pitched
thread; they, as well as the spears, often bore the
marks of ownership; while some were engraved with
> -----Original Message-----
> From: jameswolfden [mailto:jameswolfden@...]
> Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 2:04 PM
> To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: norse or migration era
> I was about to post this when my system went down
a few hours ago so
> you might want to compare this against what
Smithur found since he
> states that the fletchings no longer remain.
> I did some quick research and found some leads but
I am not able to
> follow them up for accuracy at this point but they
> fletching and nocks so that might help.
> On Stefan Florigieum (hope I spelled that right),
there is a
> reference to norse arrows being four fletched.
This is attributed to
> the book "The Viking Age" by Paul DuChaillu.
> There is also reference to a book, "Pfeil und
Bogen in Haithabu",
> describing bows and arrows found in Hedeby site
dig. It is in German.
> While researching Hedeby, I did find some english
> claimed, in addition, to the four fletched arrows
that some arrows
> found in Hedeby were nocked using bone or bronze
tanged nocks. No
> references were given to back up their claim.
> I have often wondered if four fletched arrows were
> Hopefully, it is not a false lead. Let us know
what else you find out.
> James Wolfden
> --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, Ragi of House
> <ragiwarmbear@s...> wrote:
> > in truth I am more interested in the nocks and
fletching and any
> decoration of norse and barbarian
> > arrows than the points, seeing as field points
is all we use,
> > my most common fletching is a laced on straight
cut 3/4 inch high
> and it seems a good generic
> > compromise but is there any mention of the shape
of the fletching
> as was used? I know toxophilius
> > says there are different shapes of fletching but
that is almost
> 1000 years later than what I am
> > looking for.
> > Ragi
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