The Vikings fought effectively and disciplined because of mutual relations between crew members. These mutual links were definitely more pronounced than most of their opponents. The considerable mobility allowed them to cope with the numerical superiority of the enemy. They attacked the wedge-shaped formation on which they were the best fighters.
The Vikings were known for their legendary skill in weapon control. They fight very well with both hands, often handing the weapon from one hand to the other to confuse the enemy. Some were so powerful that they were able to stab the shield and the enemy with the lances. While others fired an enemy spear in the flight and threw it back.
Shields used both in defense and in attack as a weapon. At first, by the impact of a shield, the enemy shot the spear out of his hand and then knocked it down to the edge of the shield. Another well-known Viking trick was to allow the enemy to slam the weapon into his shield. Then with the weapon, he held firmly to knock down and the edge of the shield reach him by a blow to his throat. In the struggle close, they tried first to divide the only one of the axes of the enemy’s shield and kill it with the other. To do so, they developed a suitable type of ax. The blade of which shattered in the wound down the shield, and, when moving upward, spiked chest or neck.
When struggling with the sword, the enemy should have been stabbed in the shoulders, elbows or knees rather than chopping. In battles, they usually used the position in the pair, covering each other’s back. The Saxons found that the only way to withstand the Vikings was to build a shield wall to protect them and allow them to fight. The Vikings faced this tactic by breaking the shield wall with the spears. Then, they throw away from the distance, thus forcing the enemy to fight against.
Although the Vikings maintain consistency in battle, they nevertheless appreciated personal bravery. The so-called berserkers among warriors, who caused a dreadful horror and terror to their opponents. They would never quit when they started to attack. In the combat, the berserker suddenly separated from the formation, pulled himself off his armor. After shouting wildly, they broke his shield to make clear that he was not going to cover himself and wanted to kill as many enemies as possible. After this introduction, he wildly attacked the enemy. Often he managed to break the enemy’s defense and get deep into the enemy formation before dying.
The Vikings were a nation that lived primarily for war. According to Nordic mythology, A warrior who fell in battle would take beautiful Valkyries to Valhalla. In this place, they ate, drank, feast and practice in battle until the end of the world. On the contrary, the man who died of illness or old age was waiting for the frosty, harsh empire of the goddess of the underworld – Hel. That is why the Vikings did not fear death in battle, they were looking for a fight. Even the old, the gray warriors would rather go out into battle or robbery, so they did not die at home in bed.