|Type-A Viking Axe (*Paul Binns)|
|Breiðøx; Thames-style Broad Axe 10-11th centry (*Paul Binns)|
Complex typologies of axes are been developed but I will content myself with mentioning but a few types for which names have survived.
|Skegøx (*Paul Binns)|
- Spjótsfalr, meaning spear socket.
- Spjótsleggr, meaning the actual spear-shaft
- Spjótskapt / Spjótskepti with the same meaning.
- Spjótsprika meant the spear-head (and may have been of Swedish origin).
- Krókaspjót meant a barbed spear and krók-fjöðr a barbed spear-head.
|Spear from Lærdal, Norway*|
A fire-arrow was a tundr-ör (tinder-arrow). Arrows would have been carried in an ör-malr or örmælir -literally an arrow-knapsack - a quiver.
(I have here used normalised Old Icelandic spellings, bearing in mind the limitations of the usual fonts. With regard to the pronunciation of these words, I would recommend the reader to consult ‘An Introduction to Old Norse’ by E.V.Gordon, Oxford University Press.)
(*Viking weapons found at Lærdal, Norway, and on display at Bergen Museum. Image courtessy of arnybo 2004)
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