The Knife-Thrower’s Target

When I was a wee boy I saw a Viking movie that featured (during the obligatory carousing in the mead hall scene) a captured blonde woman being shorn of her blonde blades in an axe-throwing contest between drunken Vikings. No doubt that was alarming to her!

When I saw this pillory/woman/hair/target detail from the cover of Sadists Carry Knives by John Slater, it reminded me of that long-forgotten competition with axes:

woman in a pillory with her braids being used as targets for a sadistic knife thrower

Illustration is another Col Cameron gem.

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4 comments on “The Knife-Thrower’s Target”:

Woody B. Bishop commented on November 25th, 2012 at 8:17 am:

Have you read this book?

Rope Guy commented on November 25th, 2012 at 11:07 am:


GrosaPrap commented on November 26th, 2012 at 11:02 pm:

I imagine the movie was “The Vikings” starring Kirk Douglas. The woman was actually a wife of one of the vikings who was accused of being unfaithful, the ‘test’ for this was having the husband toss axes at her till all three braids were cut off. If she survived, then she must have been faithful. The husband was three sheets to the wind, so Kirk Douglas, being the ‘hero’ of the movie, steps in to save the woman with his ‘manly’ axe throwing.

Here’s the clip.

Rope Guy commented on November 27th, 2012 at 6:19 am:

Yeah, that’s the one. My memory of non-essential details had clearly degraded over time. Thanks!

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