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.
Helm of Awe Viking Shield
item # HW-700566
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.
Round Horse Warrior Viking Shield
item # AH-4370
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.
Round Viking Dragon Shield with Boss
item # WS-110
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.