Vikings, from Old Norse Viking, were Norse seafarers, speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern, central and Eastern Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.
According to custom, all free Norse men were required to own weapons and were permitted to carry them all the time. These arms were indicative of a Viking’s social status: a wealthy Viking had a complete ensemble of a helmet, shield, mail shirt, and sword. A typical freeman was more likely to fight with a spear and shield, and most also carried a seax as a utility knife and side-arm.
While taking a break from his hike, Gøran Olsen noticed something strange hidden amongst the rocks…it was a sword!
This wasn’t just any sword. Archaeologists determined that it was around 1,200 years-old! While the sword was a quite common find in Norway, it’s quite lucky to find one this old and in this great of condition.
Researchers have said that with a new grip, the sword could be used today!
When considering the blade itself, it is believed that it was used by its owner to show incredible power. Not only was it a sign of power, but a sign of the owner’s social status in society. It was likely that the owner was considered to be a wealthy Viking.
Archaeologists are waiting for warmer weather to conduct further investigation of the area where the sword was found. The sword itself will be sent to The University Museum of Bergen.
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