The Langeid Viking Battle Axe: The original and the copy. (Photo: Vegard Vike, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo)
Contrary to what many believe, battle axes from the last part of the Viking age, i.e. the 11th century, had evolved to become light, streamlined and well-balanced. At the same time, they were powerful lethal weapons, something the newly reconstructed broad axe from Langeid in Southern Norway confirms.
The Viking warrior was well equipped and trained to use a variety of weapons, but it was undoubtedly the battle axes that created most «shock and awe» among the enemy.
Now, the unique weapon found at Langeid in 2011 is recreated, and confirms that a thousand-year-old rumor is true: Facing a well-trained Norseman with broad axe was like looking death straight in the eyes.
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