1st Prize, Primary Level

The Ballinderry Sword

Object No. 36 Ballinderry sword, mid-ninth century
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

You are no normal sword, 

we don’t just battle with you, 

we honour you, 

you are the Ballinderry Sword.

You are no normal sword, 

you are decorated with Celtic designs, 

It didn’t matter what they wore, 

you leveled them from on high.

You are no normal sword, 

for only high ranked Vikings owned you, 

+Ulfberht+ was engraved on you, 

You always look brand new.

You are no normal sword, 

Your blade was 6cm wide and 79cm long, 

You were made from carbon steel,

and your grip was 15cm long.

You are no normal sword, 

You have two guards, a

nd you have a 7-lobed pommel,

 you sure could leave scars.

You are no normal sword, 

silver was inlaid in parts of you, 

and steel wire ran through your pommel lobes,

 you had an engraving of rabbit ears too.

You are no normal sword, 

You weigh 1.3kg, 

and you are well balanced, 

You are something I’d like to see!

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