For Viking warriors, honour and glory in battle were very important. A warrior had to follow his lord or king into battle, or on a raid or expedition. As a member of a loyal band of followers, known as a lid, a Viking could be called to fight at any moment.
In battle Vikings fought on foot. They wore iron helmets, chain mail armour, and carried swords, axes, spears and wooden shields. Vikings were also skilled with bows and arrows. The weapons were made with iron, and often decorated with inlaid, or encrusted silver or copper. The sword was the most prized weapon. A richly decorated one was a sign of the owner’s wealth. Axes with long wooden handles were the most common Viking weapon. A Viking’s weapons were usually buried with him when he died. For more follow this link.