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7TH CENTURY SCANDINAVIAN WARRIOR
An extract from Armies of the Dark Ages 600-1066
by Ian Heath
65. 7TH CENTURY SCANDINAVIAN WARRIOR
[Based on a Guldgubbe [little old man of gold] depicting a drinker. Vendel period. Sorte Muld, Bornholm, Denmark.]
This figure's leather or padded topcoat, worn over a woollen or linen tunic, is of the same cross-over pattern as the mail coat worn by 64. It could cross over either way and has heavily embroidered edges. His arms consist only of spear and shield; the cord binding about halfway down the spear shaft marks the centre of balance to facilitate throwing.
Others carried a sword as well, suspended from a baldric, or a scramaseax of about 18-21 inches, and might wear helmets.