During the Medieval Warm Period people in Scandinavian countries enjoyed the open waters and the embraced the curiosity of what lay beyond the known horizon. These battle-hardened people then venture out of “Go A Viking.” In time their entire culture of raiders would come to be known as Vikings. Of course, most of the people they pillaged from were none-too-happy to see them show up. So, a good Viking pillager was always known to carry a few weapons and a stout shield with them to make sure things went as smoothly or as chaotically as possible.
Viking peoples only had access to rudimentary forms of iron, often derived from melting down mineral rich soil. Then they would use this crude iron to weld together heavy broad swords that could then be sharpened down to the wielder’s preferred length and weight. This approach allowed for a lot of customization and styling, which is exactly what you see with the skull and bone motifs used on this Viking Lord Shield & Sword. It includes a sword that can be stowed into a shield. The sword is decorated with a skull at the base. Once the sword is sheathed into the shield the skull attaches to the rest of the skeleton. The shield is 18 " in diameter.