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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse07 Jan 2019 12:35 p.m. PST

"There are a few things to keep in mind as you read about Viking weapons and armor. First, free, adult male Vikings were always armed; they hung their weapons by their bed at night, within easy reach. In an honor-based society such as the Vikings, men stood ready to defend their honor and good name at any moment. Feuds and duels were a fact of life in Viking times.

Because iron was hard to dig out of the ground, weapons could be costly. Only the richest Vikings would own the complete set of available weaponry: sword, sax (a short sword), axe, spear, bow and arrows, shield, helmet and chainmail. Poorer Vikings would carry an axe or a spear and a shield. Even the poorest Vikings had access to the ax he used at the farm.

Women, children and slaves in general did not carry weapons, although free women and children carried the knives they used in farm work. Slaves were prohibited from carrying weapons of any type…."
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wmyers08 Jan 2019 8:10 a.m. PST

That article claims: "Vikings carried their swords in scabbards, worn over the shoulder and always accessible to the right hand."

Perhaps it is just poor English, but it makes it seem as if the sword is worn over the shoulder; on the back.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse08 Jan 2019 12:49 p.m. PST



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