The Vikings used shields for more than just defense against the blows of an opponent. Viking shields were typically round, a design derived from earlier Germanic shields. A wooden Viking shield was often made from planks of fir, pine, willow, or linden wood. The design usually featured a hole in the center that supported a hand grip covered by a metal boss. An iconic Viking vessel, the Gokstad ship, offered places along its railing for these round wooden shields to be hung. Towards the end of the Viking Age, other designs began to grow in popularity, such as the Norman kite shield. Here you can find many Norse shields inspired by the ones used by these historical warriors. Many of these replica shields display colorful graphics and patterns on their front, such as Viking dragons, Viking knotwork, arrows, and spirals. We carry battle-ready shields, as well as decorative shields that look great on display.
Until he fell in battle to the hero Sigurd, the dragon Fafnir used a symbol called the Helm of Awe for protection. Because of this tale, Viking warriors often painted this symbol on their shields, as the Helm of Awe Viking Shield displays.
The Normans were noted for being the first major users of the kite shield, and this shield replicates a classic design and a fearsome heraldry. All in all, it might be a Norman Shield, but any warrior could use this defense.
Inspired by the Viking and Norse shields of old, the Round Viking Crimson Sun Wooden Shield is a classically shaped shield that features an original design. Not only is this unique shield decorative, it is also totally functional.
Many Norse warriors attempted to emulate the qualities of ferocious beasts, either by berserking or by adopting their images. This Round Dragon Knot Viking Shield is one such attempt to harness the power of the legendary dragon.
Norse culture gave rise to some of the greatest warriors of an age, and this Round Horse Warrior Viking Shield shows a bit of the nuance to their culture, depicting an animal that was revered by Norsemen and Vikings through the years.
This original shield was inspired by the shields used by the Viking peoples. The Round Viking Dragon Shield with Boss is a simple yet appealing shield that would look as great hung on a wall as it would in a warriors capable hands.
This original shield was inspired by the shields used by the Viking people. The Round Viking Dragon Wooden Shield is a simple yet appealing shield that would look as great hung on a wall as it would in a warriors capable hands.
Our Round Viking Shield is made from solid wood which has been prestained a dark brown. The center features a steel boss with decorative steel strips as well as a complete steel rim which helps protect the edge of the shield.
The Valknut is the symbol of Odin, protector of warriors who rewards those who die nobly in battle. It is for this reason that Vikings would honor him by putting this symbol on their shields, as displayed by the Valknut Viking Shield.
The Wooden Blue Spiral Viking Shield is a large Viking inspired circle shield with a classic spiral design. The Viking shield is made of a smooth composite wood which is considerably stronger than plywood.
The Wooden Red Dragon Shield is a Renaissance circle shield featuring one of the most popular dragon designs. This particular shield is made of 0.75 inch composite wood which is considerably stronger and more durable than plywood.
This wooden shield has a design inspired by the Viking and Norse shields of old. The Wooden Viking Berserker Shield (Chaos Arrows) is hand-crafted from quality materials, making the shield not just striking but also fully functional.