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There is not much evidence about what the Vikings used as weapons apart from a few archaelogical finds and some writings in norse sagas from the 14th century. The Havmal, a Viking book which was said to be the word of Odin, stated that Vikings should carry their weapons at all time since they never knew when they might need them. Swords Contrary to popular belief swords were actually the most sought after weapons for Viking warriors. The problem was that swords were very expensive and difficult to make, therefore only viking nobles would be able to afford them. It...

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The Vikings were famous for being skilled warriors, but the reality is they were much more than that. Vikings were a resourceful and ingenious people, they adapted to survive and had a huge impact on the formation of modern Europe. They often made use of axes as weapons due to the fact that they were a common tool and were inexpensive when compared to swords. The ‘bearded’ axe, also known as the ’skeggøx’ is a type of Viking axe that was thought to have originated in Scandinavia and has been traced back as far as 600 BC. Replicas have been...

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Viking helmets are often portrayed as having horns, however this was not the reality for most Viking warriors as horns on a helmet would be quite impractical. It is widely accepted that horned helmet were not used at all in battle by the Vikings and may have only been used in some instances for ritual purposes. A lot of Viking age helmets were quite simple in their design. The majority consisted of a helmet bowl accompanied by a prominent nose piece. Raised sections around the eye sockets of helmets made it easier for blows to be deflected. Many Viking helmets featured...

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A brief history of Thor's hammer. In Norse mythology 'Mjölnir' was the name given to the hammer which was wielded by Thor, the god of thunder. It was said to have been made by two dwarven brothers; Elitri and Brokkr. The hammer is often depicted in Norse tales as being the most powerful and fearsome weapon in existence, capable of destroying entire mountains.Over 50 different Mjölnir pendants have been found at Viking graves in Scandinavia and England, most are estimated to have been used from the 9th century to the 11th century. It was thought that they became particuarly popular when...

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The bearded axe is most commonly associated with the Vikings and was used as early as the 600AD. The design aims to increase the length of the cutting edge to a maximum whilst keeping the weight low to make the axe more manoeuvrable. This is achieved by the bottom end of the axe (the ‘beard’) extending further than the width of the butt, this allows for a longer blade. The design had many advantages in battle; the hook shape provided by the ‘beard’ could be used to break through enemies defences by pulling down their shield or disarming them of...

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