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  • n. Plural form of byrnie.


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  • A pair of his men accompanied him, two paces behind, in the byrnies and conical helmets of battle gear.

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  • And she set forth her needlework before her and did thereinto many deeds and great, and fair plays after the fashion of those days, swords and byrnies, and all the gear of kings, and the ship of King Sigmund sailing along the land; yea, and they wrought there how they fought, Sigar and Siggeir, south in Fion.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • So he came against Sigurd with a great army, he and his brothers with him, and an exceeding fierce fight befell; many a spear and many an arrow might men see there raised aloft, axes hard driven, shields cleft and byrnies torn, helmets were shivered, skulls split atwain, and many a man felled to the cold earth.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • So they send for their friends, and array their horses, their helms, and their shields, and their byrnies, and all their war-gear; and their journey was furnished forth in the noblest wise, and no champion who was of the great men might abide at home; and their horses were clad in mail-coats, and every knight of them had his helm done over with gold or with silver.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • Gudrun went about laughing now, and gave them to drink from mighty beakers, and thereafter she got for them great byrnies and good, and all other weed 49 of war.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • Nay, nay, she said; I have nought to carry but myself; but ye have your byrnies and your other armour, which were heavy for you to drag on afoot, even a little way.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Saracen soldiers, turbans tucked around their heads, short mail byrnies swimming with light, were escorting a group of shrouded figures mounted on mules and asses.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • Spearheads and axes, helmets and byrnies flashed in the harsh light of Saxo; banners snapped to the wind, shields bore monsters and thunderbolts luridly colored.

    Ensign Flandry

  • Restored to discipline, the crew were lining up for helmets, shields, byrnies, and weapons.

    Ensign Flandry

  • With byrnies bewarded, who the keel high up-builded

    The Tale of Beowulf Sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats


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