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S: Equipment of the Vikings by Michael Boyko and Nick Lynch

BC: Nick Lynch is a 7th grade student at Eyer Middle School. He likes playing baseball and video games. His favorite food is pizza. | About the Authors | Michael Boyko is also a 7th grade student at Eyer Middle School. He enjoys taking part in both the Eyer Band and Jazz Band, where he has a solo in both. He also enjoys hanging out with his friends whenever he can.

FC: Equipment of the Vikings | By Michael Boyko and Nick Lynch Period 3 Honors

1: This book is dedicated to the Vikings. There wouldn't be a book without them.

2: Basic Info on the Vikings | The Vikings were from the area that is now Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. | The Vikings normally raided Christian monasteries in Europe, because they were easy targets and had a large amount of money stored in them. | Viking Raids strengthened Feudalism because the peasants needed the help from the higher classes to protect from the Vikings.

3: Above is a picture of a Christian monastery. It possibly could have been the target of a Viking raid. | Below is a map of the area where the Vikings came from.

4: Wooden Weaponry | The Vikings used many wooden weapons. Examples of these are the yew bow and Viking shields. There is an example of a Viking shield to the left.

5: Viking Wooden Shield | Viking shields had iron rivets around the edges to make them more sturdy. | Leather was on the shield to keep it durable. Many times, the shields could last through many battles.

6: Yew Longbow | Viking Longbows were very similar to the bows of Europe. The only main difference was that the Viking's longbow used wood from the yew tree, which was the native tree in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

7: Viking Armor | Viking armor is one of the most known kinds of armor, The Vikings were known for their heavy armor and horned helmets.

8: Viking Helmets | Contrary to popular belief, Viking helmets did not have horns on the sides. These horns, if they existed, would be very impractical. | Viking helmets had goggles on them. This protected the Viking's eyes from less accurate strikes. Enemies would need to be painfully accurate to be able to impale their eyes.

9: Chain mail | Chain mail is a type of armor constructed from small, tiny chain links. Since each link was forged by itself, the mail was very flexible, while being protective. | Chain mail isn't as strong as the plate mail of European knights, but it is much more flexible.

10: Leather Armor | Vikings often wore leather armor under their chain mail, This provided an extra layer of protection, while not slowing the Vikings down, because of its flexibility. | Leather was made from animal hides.

11: Metal Weaponry | The Vikings mainly used iron to make their weaponry. | The Viking armory consisted of iron swords axes, and spears.

12: Metal Weaponry | Vikings LOVED iron. They used it for virtually all their equipment (Axes, swords, helmets, chest pieces, etc. | Although many warriors around that time were using swords, and bow and arrows, the Vikings were interested in axes. One of there most famous ones, the broad axe, had a large handle and large blade, making it sharper and more durable.

13: Metal Weaponry | To the right is a picture of various viking blades. Since they were sturdy, they survived all of these years.

14: Blacksmith's Inventory | The following is an inventory taken by a Viking blacksmith. Measurements and descriptions are included.

15: 1. 250 Wooden shields, 4 1/2 feet in diameter.- Made of wood from an yew tree, very durable, with iron rivets on the edge to keep the shield sturdy and can endure through many battles. 2. 300 iron swords, 3 foot blade, 1/2 foot handle.- Made of pure iron all the way from the blade to the handle. Handle is wrapped in leather for grip. 3. 425 iron helmets, 3.75 in circumference.- Once again, made of pure iron. Now has new nose-guard pieces! 4. 75 Yew Longbows, 3 1/2 feet long.- Handcrafted from fresh yew trees and leather grip in the center of wood. Each comes with 10 finely made arrows with iron tips. 5. 200 leather chest-pieces very large with tightening-strap.- Hand-made leather from animal hide. 5 inch tightening strap that switches for all warriors. 6. 175 large chain-mail chest pieces- Each individual metal link is connected all around for extra flexibility and amazing protection.

16: Works Cited | Donovan, Frank Robert. The Vikings. New York: American Heritage Pub.; Book Trade and Institutional Distribution by Harper & Row, 1964. Print. Margeson, Susan M., and Peter Anderson. Viking. New York: Knopf, 1994. Print. Schomp, Virginia. The Vikings. New York: Franklin Watts, 2005. Print.

17: Thank you for reading our book. We hope you enjoyed it.

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