“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ✨
Fun Viking facts!
1. Viking women could inherit property 😉
2. Vikings were some of the most hygienic people of their time. 👍
3. William the Conqueror was a descendent of Vikings. 🇬🇧
(Photographer: @taylordlanier Hair and makeup: @tiffanynicoleperea 💕🙌🌿)
My Viking photo shoot featuring runes by lykosleather ( lykosleather.com and on etsy)
I have now five years made my living as a blacksmith. In that time I haven’t done almost anything to myself. Sad, because forging cool things that i cannot afford was the main thing that took me to learn forging. So I decided to make myself I viking sword. I have wanted one for as long as I can remember.. Hopefully I don’t have to sell this.
Forged from spring steel, guard and pommel are made from bronze. Handle is katalox wood.
This week at Draugar Vinlands, we spent the chilly spring morning battling wit against wit in games of halatafl, a Norse board game. It was fun and fast paced, and we were all quick to capitalize on our opponents errors, which happened relatively frequently due to the mead and drinks that were being shared. After hours of gaming and conversation, we set up Wudrolf and began to spar, but Bjørn took his head from his shoulders with a strong bash of his sword, so we paired off and did some light sparring against each other.
This was found in Whittlesea Mere, Cambridgeshire in the 1840s. It has a talismanic inscription in latten letters on both sides: ’+N.C.R.O.X.W(?).R.E.F.-’ ’+N E D A S E D N G R E D A-’
Swords have always been high status objects used as symbols of authority as well as for warfare and sport. Swords often accompanied a warrior to his grave. This style of sword derived from the broad straight swords of the Celts and Vikings, consisting of a long, two-sided blade balanced by a pronounced pommel and straight quillons (cross-bars on the hilt) to guard the hand, with a grip of wood bound with leather or cord. No trace of the grip on this sword remains, only the core steel tang reaching to the pommel.