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Collection: Viking Shields

Viking Shields

Viking shields date back to the Iron Age. It is made up of thin planks that are arranged in a circular pattern. An iron dome protects the shield bearer's hand in the middle of the shield. The shield boss is often the only part of the shield that has survived after 1000 years in the ground. It is possible to determine the date of a shield by the form of the shield boss, which varied throughout the Iron Age and the Viking Era. Shield bosses are often found in graves, where shields accompanied the deceased on their final journey.

From the Norwegian burial at Gokstad, the most impressive collection of Viking shields has been recovered. An entire ship was buried here along with a prince or king and a large number of grave goods. There were 64 round shields painted in yellow and blue among these objects.

The Viking shields are relatively thin, and research has shown that they are easily damaged by arrows, axes, and swords. Originally, they were covered with animal skin, which shrinks slightly when it dries out, increasing their strength. As a result of the addition of animal skin, the shields were less likely to split, and thus relatively thin pieces of wood could be used to keep them light.

What are some interesting viking shields facts?

Viking Shields

Viking shields would have been coated with oil to make them waterproof, preventing them from absorbing water and becoming heavier. Viking shields with leather covers weighed between 7kg and 10kg.

A second interesting fact is that a Viking shield covered most of a warrior's body, leaving only the head and legs exposed. Due to this, many Viking warrior remains exhibit evidence of head and leg wounds.

What is the Viking shield name?

The shield was the primary defensive weapon of the Vikings. Due to its round shape, it was referred to as rönd. The shields measured approximately one yard in width

Those Vikings who could afford armor wore helmets, metal armor made of chainmail, and lamellar armor, which was composed of iron plates sewn together. The lower-status Vikings also used layers of quilted cloth, such as linen or wool, to protect their bodies during battle.

Where can I find Viking shields for sale?

Drakka Viking Shields offer a large range of carved, plank and smooth Viking shields that you can use for decoration, as a gift, or for larping and other reenactment activities.

Do you offer Viking shield kit?

Drakka Viking Shields only sell handmade shields that are already assembled. We do not currently sell separate pieces or kits. For any other information, feel free to contact us at info@drakkavikingshields.com