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The Nordic Lurs

There are two types of lur (old nordic = luðr), one of metal (cast in bronze) and one made of wood.

The oldest one, the bronze lurs, dates from the Nordic Bronze Age (1500 - 500 B.C). These bronze lurs were found in the south of Scandinavia and north of Germany. There are at present 60 finds.

The wooden lurs, are not related to the bronze lurs. There are two types, the Viking war instrument, like the one found in the Oseberg ship (dates back to 850 A.C.) The other
type, the shepherds lur was in use until recently among sheperds and dairy maids in Norway and Sweden.