How to listen to the viking horn story
The story of how the horn was made has long been shrouded in mystery, but now it has finally been revealed.
A documentary about the horn has been made in Germany, and it reveals the story behind its origins.
The story is told in German and the programme was shot in the town of Vierleberg in the southern German state of Saxony.
“There was a tradition in Saxony for people to take horns and throw them at the horn in order to get rid of the evil spirit, so I thought, why not do that?” says film-maker Martin Schmidt.
“So I started thinking, why don’t we make a movie about it?”
The horn is a traditional tool for warriors in the Viking age and the story of its origin has been told over the years in various forms.
But the documentary shows how the process started and how it took on a life of its own.
“The idea that I was trying to capture was something that had never been tried before in Germany,” says Martin.
“It’s a very complicated story, but it’s also a very easy way to understand.”
For the documentary, the team traveled to the town, where they spent the night listening to the stories of the locals and listening to what the locals were telling them.
“I had to go in and hear what they had to say,” Martin explains.
“When we arrived, I was struck by the passion and the determination of the people.”
The documentary was shot by two men, Matthias König and Wolfgang Königs, both of whom are experts in the field of horn making.
The documentary tells the story in two parts, which have been made available online.
“Our first part is the story from the beginning,” Matthias says.
“We started with the idea of creating a film in the first place, and we knew that if we could capture the people and their traditions, we could give them a better understanding of their history.”
The film-makers then spent a week researching the history of the horn, the story it is famous for and how the first use of the instrument was made.
“This was a very long journey, but the results are very good,” Matthies explains.
The team has also researched the history and the importance of the ritual.
“These things are important because it is the foundation for the entire life of the village,” Matthys says.
The filmmakers hope the project will raise awareness about the importance the tradition places on the horn.
“What the horn represents is a symbol of power, of life, of power over nature,” Matthia says.
Matthias also says that the film is important for people who are interested in the traditional uses of the vikings horn.
The film will be available in a few weeks time.
“A lot of people know this tradition and they know that the horns are used in the battle, and they may think it’s weird that the viker has horns,” Matthiyas says.
This article originally appeared on BBC News.