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Fort (or at least 3/4 of a fortress)
This is how we trapped the Moslem slavers. It's called Borgarvirki (but we called it something different). I located this on the internet and am really surprised that they even restored our trap. Now I will explain how it worked. The slavers ships with up to 400 slavers (200 avg) would land at the beach (on the left in the panorama).
This was the bait. It does look like a fort doesn't it but it is a fake fort. Why was it a fake? It was wide open in several places in the back so it was fake.
It had about five Icelandic boys in it who would yell and throw burning branches from large fires in the fort down at the slavers. Those they caught were their own so they would leave the ships without anyone on board except slaves they had captured earlier. Then they would come running up the hill while the Icelandic women and children hid down near their ships.
They would run up the hill and knock down a gate which used to be in this wall. Then they would run through lots of smoke we made by burning wet plants.
They would get lost in the smoke and fall over the rim of this circular area. There were greased poles radiating from the hole in the center that they would slip on. Then they would roll down the sides and into that big 'well' which was twenty feet deep and filled with about 100 iron spikes almost two feet long that stuck straight up from the bottom. Up to twenty of slavers would impale themselves on the spikes and die. Later we mounted their swords in the walls so they often sliced themselves in half and in half again on the way to the spikes. The women were not taking any chances with our freedom.
It was very similar to an ant lion pit and..
..worked something like this.
(In the brochures they explain the pit is a 6 meter deep well but it would have to be at least 300 feet deep to reach the water level which is at the base of the mountain, not at all near the top.)
Meanwhile the five boys that had started the fires and yelled challenges at the slavers would ride off on their ponies to safety. The literature says it only had three sides but how can it be a fort with only three out of four sides?
The women and children would be hidden near the ships. They would come out of hiding and steal the ships leaving the slavers stranded with..
about 5000 Viking farmers in just this one valley who had just been notified that this might be the only time in that life they might get to be a real Viking warrior. Then they would come rushing up the back where there wasn't even a wall and do what Vikings warriors did best.
© 2005 John Pinil