I couldn't pass up the chance to draw me some Viking, so here we have Huskypaws as one of those infamous Nordic warriors!
(Also, yes, I know the character doesn't normally have hair/a beard, but you can't be a damned handsome Viking without them! ... well you could, but damnit if it doesn't look good haha.)
I actually learned quite a bit about Vikings while doing research for this piece:
Iron in the Scandinavian area was very poor and the iron that the Franks produced into weapons had a much higher carbon content (thus more durable). This resulted in a lot of trade (a lot of Viking weaponry and armour was foreign) between the Franks and the Viking tribes, until the Franks began to get nervous. Eventually the Frankish leaders made it so that to trade Frankish weapons with non-Frankish folk was punishable (by death even!), and thus it's argued that this was the reason for the Vikings to start the raiding they were so infamously known for.
Because iron was scarce, the most common weapon was not so much the axe as modern fiction would lead you to believe, but actually spears and javelins as they required the least amount of metal to make. (This particular spearhead is approximately 10th Century).
Metal helmets were also extremely rare and usually only reserved for the wealthy. Mail was also uncommon as good chain mail was both expensive and uncomfortable. Most Vikings preferring leather or no armour at all due to the freedom of movement. However, seen as Vikings were often depicted wearing helmets, it's possible that they were either passed down through the generations until so worn down they were turned into a spear (or other weapon/tool) and/or made primarily out of leather and other such materials. The famous horned helmets are also a fabrication of modern western romanticism.
Vikings were ALWAYS armed. Men, women, and even slaves always carried a knife on them.
Vikings were also clean freaks, with many cleaning apparatuses showing up in excavations (tweezers, razors, combs, etc...) and bathed once a week (far more often than many others at the time!)
Also, brb: totally making a bad-ass character with a braided beard and long hair.
Want one? I am open for these here!