Hilt of a Viking Sword C, Hedeby, Denmark. Weapons and armour were huge status symbols. Vikings gave their ornate swords names like Legbiter but when a warrior died in battle his sword was ritually killed too – bent double, and interred with him.
Viking re-enactor shield. The Vikings were seafaring north Germanic people who raided, traded, explored, and settled in wide areas of Europe and the North Atlantic islands from the late to the mid centuries.