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Hilt of a Viking Sword C, Hedeby, Denmark. Weapons and armour were huge status symbols. Vikings gave their ornate swords names like Legbiter but when a warrior died in battle his sword was ritually killed too – bent double, and interred with him.

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Dragon heads on the bow of the viking ships were supposed to protect against the evil spirits of the sea. Whatever, it's art.

Short Sword and Sheath with Crouching Feline, 6th century B.C. North China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw, 2002 (2002.201.32a, b) #sword

Short Sword and Sheath with Crouching Feline; c BCE, North China Medium: Sword: bronze; sheath: bronze inlaid with turquoise

Rapier

Rapier of Prince-Elector Christian II of Saxony Israel Schuech (active ca. Bladesmith: Juan Martinez (Spanish, Toledo, active ca. Date: dated 1606

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A fine and probably unique silver-hilted Viking sword, second half of the tenth century.

Odin

Odin Allfather ~ The great Nordic God! Father of Thor my favorite super hero.

Viking Sword, Danish, 9th or 10th century. Located at Reichsstadtmuseum Rothenburg, Germany. www.facebook.com/myArmoury/photos/a.761172733928479.1073741844.103244573054635/751100294935723/?type=3&theater

Viking Sword, Danish, or century Pommel and cross-guard each retraining traces of gold and silver inlaid Nordic ornaments. Blade with.

art-of-swords: “Mounting for a Tachi type Sword • Dated: Edo period, 17th century • Culture: Japanese • Measurements: overall 109.5 x 15.5 cm (43 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.) • Medium: silk, leather, gold Tsunagi...

Mounting for a Tachi-type sword (edo period, century Japan; using silk, leather, gold tsunagi, and honaki wood)

A Swept-hilt Rapier, English, c. 1605-15 .  An exceptionally rare example of Jacobean swordsmithing, this beautiful sword was as much a fashion statement as it was a lethal weapon.

A Swept-hilt Rapier, English, c. An exceptionally rare example of Jacobean swordsmithing, this beautiful sword was as much a fashion statement as it was a lethal weapon.

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Viking Sword with silver-inlaid hilt, century Denmark. Located at Reichsstadtmuseum Rothenburg, Germany.

Viking rune stone, Upplands, Sweden - ca. 11th century. Rune stones began as a Christian tradition among Danish vikings, but spread and intensified in fashion in Sweden.

Viking rune stone, Uppland, Sweden - ca. Rune stones began as a Christian tradition among Danish vikings, but spread and intensified in fashion in Sweden.

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