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Continuous gutter-shaped metal edge bindings like those known from Vendel, Välsgarde, and Thorsbjerg were obsolete by the Viking Age. In the vast majority of finds there is no evidence of edge reinforcement, which must therefore have been absent, or of a perishable nature. On the Gokstad shields, small holes are bored about 2 cm in from the edge, at intervals of c.3.5 cm (Fig. 1-a,b), presumably to fasten a rim, all other traces of which have perished.

Continuous gutter-shaped metal edge bindings like those known from Vendel, Välsgarde, and Thorsbjerg were obsolete by the Viking Age. In the vast majority of finds there is no evidence of edge reinforcement, which must therefore have been absent, or of a

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With the wood being light weight and the handle also being in the center and formed with iron, the shield was easier to wield and use than the shields used .

References to Painted Shields "Norse-Icelandic literature mentions shield paintings which inspired Bragi, a ninth century Norwegian Poet.  The Story of Thor's fishing expedition is reputed to have been painted on shields and carved in the Halls of Iceland. -  Leather and wood decoration may not be unusual on shields. Painting on the front of the board may well have served the dual function of decoration and identification. However, painting is extremely difficult to prove in the…

References to Painted Shields "Norse-Icelandic literature mentions shield paintings which inspired Bragi, a ninth century Norwegian Poet. The Story of Thor's fishing expedition is reputed to have been painted on shields and carved in the Halls of Iceland

irisharchaeology: “ Viking Age shield from Trelleborg, Denmark. Made from pine wood & diameter of c. 80 cm ”

irisharchaeology: “ Viking Age shield from Trelleborg, Denmark. Made from pine wood & diameter of c.

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Viking Shield Oslo Viking Museum "But waken ye now, warriors mine;  seize your shields, be steadfast in valor, fight at the front, and fearless bide!” From THE ATTACK ON FINNSBURG

Artifact: Viking Shield Oslo Viking Museum "But waken ye now, warriors mine; seize your shields, be steadfast in valor, fight at the front, and fearless bide!

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Viking round shield: The sagas specifically mention linden wood for shield construction, although finds from graves shows mostly other timbers, such as fir, alder and poplar. These timbers are not very dense and are light in the hand. The size was usually 75 – 90 cm in diameter. (9th-century wooden shield)

Viking round shields: The sagas specifically mention linden wood for shield construction, although finds from graves shows mostly other timbers, such as fir, alder and poplar. These timbers are not very dense and are light in the hand, they were often rei

Migration period shield, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen. "The Migration Period, also known as the period of the Barbarian invasions or of the Völkerwanderung[1] ("migration of peoples" in German), was a period of intensified human migration in Europe from about 400 to 800 AD."

Migration period shield, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen: he sagas specifically mention linden wood for shield construction. Vikings often reinforced their shields with leather or, occasionally, iron around the rim.

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The process of attaching the shield rim to the shield edge. By first marking out…

The process of attaching the shield rim to the shield edge. By first marking…

Fischer 2014

Fischer 2014

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