weapons personified

Thus it was possible to transfer an ancestor into a sword blade. If we consider the possibility that a famous warrior after his death had his cremated bones transferred into the symbol of power par excellence, the sword, his strength, spirit and luck was passed on to that weapon and it became personified. The meaning of named swords suddenly takes on a new significance.
—  Lotte Hedeager, Iron Age Myth and Materiality :An Archaeology of Scandinavia AD 400-1000 (2011)