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Godt mót!-I’m interested in the topic of Viking Battle Gear because I think it’s interesting to compare the gear the Vikings had to the stuff we use today-I learned almost everything in these sides other than some of the names-This information might be important to other people for upcoming tests(?) and because it is interesting general knowledge

Viking weapons
Viking Weapons

  • The Vikings had many weapons, these are just some of them

The viking spear
The Viking Spear

  • Main Weapon of the Vikings

  • The blades were very big and heavy and could even pierce armor

  • Good thrusting weapon and could be thrown

  • The head measured 20-60cm long

Viking swords
Viking Swords

  • Very expensive due to lack of resources and knowledge

  • Only important people could afford swords

  • Status symbols, highly decorated hilts

  • They were so personal that they were often named

Viking battle axe
Viking Battle Axe

  • The battle axe was affordable because it was also used as a work axe

  • This powerful weapon could pulverize amour and leave a wound

  • One version the “bearded axe” has been found to be able to decapitate an ox in one blow

Viking sax
Viking Sax

  • A single edged Short Sword

  • Hilts for these were made of wood, bone or horn

  • Crudely fabricated usually made by smiths locally

Viking seax
Viking Seax

  • Large Single edged knife common among Viking free-men

  • The viking version of the modern day machete

  • Larger Seax’s were used to double as swords.

Viking halberd
Viking Halberd

  • The “mail piercer“

  • Comes from the Norse word ‘Atgeir”

  • Said to be a lot like a glaive

  • Mentioned in Njáls saga and other Norse sagas

Bows arrows
Bows & Arrows

  • Common of southern enemies

  • Not very affective against enemies superior bows & arrows

  • Disadvantage for vikings

  • Made of Yew, Ash or Elm wood

  • Ranges of 250m with 90lbs of force (400N)

  • One found with 100+ lbs of force and fired to about 480m

  • Arrow heads of iron, wood or antler and use of eagle feathers is also present

Viking armour
Viking Armour

  • Chain Mail was use but it’s long processing time made it expensive

  • Made of interlocking chain loops

  • Viking Lamellar armor was found in Sweden

  • Made of metal scales

Viking helmets
Viking Helmets

  • Simple cup shapes

  • Most had nose strips, while more complex ones had Goggles and neck protectors

  • Viking helmets DID NOT HAVE HORNS!

Viking shield
Viking Shield

  • Shields were round and made of wood

  • Sometimes covered with leather, or a metal band to strengthen them

  • The usual size was about 1m diameter

  • A heavy iron boss in the center

Other viking stuff
Other Viking Stuff

  • Vikings have tones of other interesting stuff but only these two fit the title

Viking horses
Viking Horses

  • Norse horses are smaller and slower than European horses

  • Vikings fought on foot instead of horseback like the Europeans

  • Some European horses were looted but the cold slowed breeding and only the strongest horses survived

Viking ships
Viking Ships

  • No saws were used to build the hulls of these, instead they overlapped and use wedges and mallets

  • Propelled by oars, and a single rectangle shaped sail

Text sources
Text Sources:

  • http://warviking.tripod.com/realweaponsandarmor.html

  • http://www.medieval-castles.org/index.php/viking_weapons_warfare_norse_fighters_we

  • http://militaryhistory.suite101.com/article.cfm/viking_warfare

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_Age_arms_and_armour#Bows_and_Arrows

  • http://www.viking-shield.com/weapons.html

  • http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/manufacturing/text/viking_sax.htm