Name this Viking punishment.
December 8, 2006 2:49 PM Subscribe
Which Viking torture / punishment involved progressively severing segments of the limbs?
posted by Black Spring to Human Relations (13 answers total)
I remember reading somewhere about a punishment or form of extended execution practiced amongst the Old Norse or Germanic peoples that involved cutting off the victim's fingertips, then the fingers, then the hands, then the forearms and then the upper arms. Ditto for the legs. I think they salved or tied off the stumps to prevent bleeding to death before the punishment could be meted out completely. I seem to remember that some, if not all of those tortured in this manner were allowed, or even required to live as a further humiliation.
What was the name of the punishment, and what was the victim pejoratively labelled after it was complete?