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Viking Weaponry


Swords:


Swords are tricky to make and as a result they are very expensive. Only the richest of Vikings (Kings or Jarls) would have been able to own one.


A sword could have the same value as 16 cows, think of the sword as the equivalent value of an Aston Martin today!


Axes:


Vikings Axes were rarely huge, double handed and double edged. Instead think light and small with a single blade on the head – ideal for speedy attacks.


Due to their size, smaller axes could be hidden behind a shield for a surprise attack.


Spears:


Most Vikings would have a spear. They were far and away the most affordable weapon and as a result very plentiful.


Whilst archaeologists have found tons of spearheads, no-one knows for certain how long the shafts were!

The sagas and stories of the Vikings are chock full of heroes throwing their spears – a risky plan, if they missed then the enemy might lob the spear back at them.



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