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The Vikings liked clothes and jewelry The Vikings were proud oftheir appearance and liked to dress well Most of their clothes weremade of wool or linen that they had spun and woven themselves Thecloth was dyed with mineral or vegetable dyes of green brown redyellow or blue The men wore sleeved jerkins or three-quarter lengthcoats over woolen shirts and long cloth trousers On their feet theywore tall leather boots or soft shoes with short socks The womenwore long woolen dresses and linen petticoats which reached to theirankles Their legs and feet were covered with thick woolly socks andsoft leather shoes Both men and women wore fur or woolen hats andcloaks when they went out in cold weather Cloaks were fastened atthe shoulder with brooches Children probably wore the same kind ofclothes as their parents Everyone liked to wear gold and silverbrooches bracelets necklaces armbands and rings Some of theirjewelry was part of the loot from raids on foreign churches andThe Vikings and there war gear The Viking was not a soldier inthe modern sense He spent as much time being a farmer sailortrader and explorer as he did fighting and he had to provide his ownequipment Armor to protect the body took many hours of skilled workto make It was certainly expensive and was probably worn only byViking leases and their picked household warriors The other fightingmen would have worn their everyday clothes relying on an iron helmetand a sturdy wooden shield for protection The sword was the mostadmired and honored weapon and many Vikings would have carried oneThe other weapon which became almost the trademark of the Norsemanwas the heavy two-handed battle-axe This fearsome weapon swung bya big muscular man could shear through any armor Some warriors aresaid to have been able to behead a horse at a blow Men who couldafford neither sword nor axe used a thrusting spearThe northern people of Europe the Barbarians wore warm tunicsand cloaks They lived in colder
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