Total length: 37"
Blade length: 31"
Blade width at base: 2"
Weight: 3 lbs. 4 oz
10th - 11th Century A.D.
Various examples found in the Oslo Museum, Norway
While we chose to fit this Viking medieval sword with the traditional Type X blade, typical of viking medieval swords until the 12th c., the Norse mythological knot work on the pommel and guard are of an inspirational nature. The fittings were developped through the study of Viking artwork, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. As indicated by the currators at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, "the sophistication and delicacy of Viking art presents a striking contrast with the stereotype of the rude and restless barbarian. Viking craftsmen excelled in woodwork and metalwork, adorning brooches, weapons, implements, and ship timbers with abstracted animal forms and elaborate patterns of interlace. Runic texts and complementary scenes were inscribed on stones and rock faces. The Viking love of riddling phrases and schemes of rhyme yielded a rich poetic tradition, and tales of mythic events and heroic deeds as well as historical episodes were celebrated in Old Norse epic sagas".
At the center of this fierce nomadic culture, stood the viking sword. Broad blade and of medium length (avg. 31"). The fuller runs almost the whole length of the blade before fading out about an inch before the point. While opting for a embellished yet inspirational guard and pommel, we preserved the essence of the Viking battle ready sword blade on this beautiful piece.
The Vikings raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the 9th to the 11th century and whose disruptive influence profoundly affected European history. These pagan Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish warriors were probably prompted to undertake their raids by a combination of factors such as overpopulation