Here’s Why Viking Swords Were Usually Given Names

As a Viking enthusiast, you probably know that the Viking sword was very valuable and important during the Viking age. Since this type of weapon was expensive and time-consuming to make, only a minority could afford one. So only those with high social rank and wealth were able to own Viking swords back in the day. And in this blog post, we’ll talk about why the Vikings loved to name their swords. Read on to find out more.                    

Viking Age Swords      

There’s no denying that Viking swords were one of the most preferred weapons way back then due to its prestige. However, only the earls and the kings carried with them this type of weapon. Since the usual Viking warrior didn’t have the means to buy one, they usually used spears and axes.

In order to create Viking swords, the smith used the pattern welding technique. In this technique, the sword creator had to put many pieces together. This improved the appearance of the swords and made it more flexible to use. 

As time went by, this technique eventually lost its popularity. This resulted in Viking swords that were more tapered, narrower and sharper from the hilt to the tip.    

Viking Sword Names    

Viking swords were often named ranging from the belief in supposed magical qualities to remarkable events and heritage. Here are some Viking sword names: 

  • Fotbitr: Foot-biter
  • Gramr: This fierce sword was the weapon Sigurd used to kill Fafnir the dragon 
  • Gunnlogi: War Flame or Battle Flame
  • Keurnbut: Millstone-breaker
  • Leggbir: Leg bitter
  • Naegling: Hole-maker
  • Skrofnung: Gnawer 

The Vikings believed names that were given to swords offered and gave these weapons certain powers and capabilities. They also considered certain traits, attributes and the history behind each name they referred to. Apart from that, if they named swords based on their lineage and family ancestors, they believed that they were calling them . The same goes with swords with animal names like bears. They believed that they summoned the power of the bear during battles. You get the gist! ;) 


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