Glima : Wrestling For Warmth
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Glima : Wrestling For Warmth

Iceland is very cold, and there are not many people. One thousand years ago, there were only a few thousand people. The people were shepherds. Sometimes they had to go far from home, to find food for the sheep. They lived in small huts in remote places. So they invented a new sport. It was partly for entertainment, and partly to help them keep warm. It was called glima. In Iceland, there were two other requirements for sport. Sport must not be dangerous. The ground is often frozen hard. If you fall, it is easy to hurt yourself, and the doctor may be a long way away. Also, the rules must be simple. There are so few people in Iceland that it may be difficult to find an umpire. Glima meets all these requirements.

Iceland is very cold, and there are not many people. One thousand years ago, there were only a few thousand people. The people were shepherds. Sometimes they had to go far from home, to find food for the sheep. They lived in small huts in remote places.

So they invented a new sport. It was partly for entertainment, and partly to help them keep warm. It was called glima. In Iceland, there were two other requirements for sport. Sport must not be dangerous. The ground is often frozen hard. If you fall, it is easy to hurt yourself, and the doctor may be a long way away. Also, the rules must be simple. There are so few people in Iceland that it may be difficult to find an umpire. Glima meets all these requirements.

Glima is a sort of wrestling but it is very different from other sorts. The wrestlers wear a special costume. Each man wears three leather belts, one round his waist and one round each thigh. The belts are connected with short straps.

The two men hold each other’s belts. They look over each other’s shoulders. Sight is not important in glima. All moves are made by touch. You feel by touch what the other man is going to do. You tray and throw the other man off balance. Using your feet, you try and hook his feet. Good glima wrestlers lift their opponent up, and stop him landing on his feet. If he touches the ground with any other part of his body, hands, elbows, knees, back, you score.

Glima is very fast. One game lasts 60 seconds. In that time, each man will try and throw his opponent six or seven times. The opponent must make correct countermoves.

Ancient stories tell about glima. Sometimes, 1000 years ago, groups of shepherds met. They would stay together in the small shepherd’s hut but they might not have much fuel. So, the hut leader would take them all outside, and they would play baendaglima. This is glima for teams.

Glima Belts

When they went into the hut again, they were very warm. Today, glima is Iceland’s national sport. The Icelanders say it is an excellent sport, because it exercises the whole body. Children learn it at school, and there are national glima festivals. They are still very careful about safety. They have not forgotten the old days, when the doctor might be ten days’ walk away.

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