Hestavíg was an entertainment activity during the Viking Age in the Icelandic Commonwealth (930 - 1262), presumably a sport consisting of a brutal and bloody confrontation between two stallions, egged on by their masters, which mainly served to choose the best specimens for breeding. It was a cultural event of great importance and sometimes behaved verbal and physical confrontations among the spectators. The triumph of a champion or the other, could impact socially and politically in the pacts and alliances between goði (chieftains) and bóndi (homesteaders), as testified in the Norse sagas. The site where these battles held was a neutral place used to strengthen friendship or treat issues among rivals. It was also an opportunity for courtship between young couples. Sometimes rivalries rais

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  • Hestavíg era una actividad de entretenimiento durante la Era vikinga en la Mancomunidad Islandesa (930 - 1262), presuntamente un deporte que consistía en un brutal y sangriento enfrentamiento entre dos caballos sementales, azuzados por sus amos, que principalmente servía para elegir los mejores ejemplares para la reproducción. Era un acontecimiento cultural de enorme importancia y a veces comportaba enfrentamientos verbales y físicos entre los espectadores. El triunfo de un ejemplar u otro, podía repercutir social y políticamente en los pactos y alianzas entre los goði (caudillos) y bóndi (colonos granjeros), como se testimonia en las sagas nórdicas. El emplazamiento donde se celebraba estas batallas era un lugar neutral que se aprovechaba para fortalecer amistades o donde tratar asuntos entre rivales; también era una ocasión para el cortejo entre parejas jóvenes. En ocasiones las rivalidades afloraban entre los participantes y acababan en conflictos sangrientos. Algunos ejemplos aparecen en la saga de Njál (cap. 59) y saga de Víga-Glúms (cap. 13-14). El origen de la actividad procedía posiblemente de Noruega, donde también se cotizaban. Algunas veces exportaban desde Islandia ejemplares especialmente entrenados para las competiciones. (es)
  • Hestavíg was an entertainment activity during the Viking Age in the Icelandic Commonwealth (930 - 1262), presumably a sport consisting of a brutal and bloody confrontation between two stallions, egged on by their masters, which mainly served to choose the best specimens for breeding. It was a cultural event of great importance and sometimes behaved verbal and physical confrontations among the spectators. The triumph of a champion or the other, could impact socially and politically in the pacts and alliances between goði (chieftains) and bóndi (homesteaders), as testified in the Norse sagas. The site where these battles held was a neutral place used to strengthen friendship or treat issues among rivals. It was also an opportunity for courtship between young couples. Sometimes rivalries raised among participants and ended in bloody conflicts. Some examples appear in the Njáls saga (chapter 59) and Víga-Glúms saga (chapters 13-14). The origin of the activity came possibly from Norway. Sometimes Icelanders exported stallions specially trained for competitions in the continent. (en)
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  • Hestavíg era una actividad de entretenimiento durante la Era vikinga en la Mancomunidad Islandesa (930 - 1262), presuntamente un deporte que consistía en un brutal y sangriento enfrentamiento entre dos caballos sementales, azuzados por sus amos, que principalmente servía para elegir los mejores ejemplares para la reproducción. Era un acontecimiento cultural de enorme importancia y a veces comportaba enfrentamientos verbales y físicos entre los espectadores. El triunfo de un ejemplar u otro, podía repercutir social y políticamente en los pactos y alianzas entre los goði (caudillos) y bóndi (colonos granjeros), como se testimonia en las sagas nórdicas. El emplazamiento donde se celebraba estas batallas era un lugar neutral que se aprovechaba para fortalecer amistades o donde tratar asuntos e (es)
  • Hestavíg was an entertainment activity during the Viking Age in the Icelandic Commonwealth (930 - 1262), presumably a sport consisting of a brutal and bloody confrontation between two stallions, egged on by their masters, which mainly served to choose the best specimens for breeding. It was a cultural event of great importance and sometimes behaved verbal and physical confrontations among the spectators. The triumph of a champion or the other, could impact socially and politically in the pacts and alliances between goði (chieftains) and bóndi (homesteaders), as testified in the Norse sagas. The site where these battles held was a neutral place used to strengthen friendship or treat issues among rivals. It was also an opportunity for courtship between young couples. Sometimes rivalries rais (en)
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