Cross axe from Ludvigshare. Later Viking period. These mysterious axes had a partially solid head that featured a cross motif. Research indicates that such axes were robust enough for practical use. However, it is more likely that they were reserved for ceremonial purposes. The owners of these cross axes were not necessarily Christian, but the axes reflect the strong Christian currents that existed in this part of the Viking period.
Norse axe 10th Century. When people think of Viking age weapons, they usually think first of the battle axe, and the image that forms in their mind is a massive weapon that only a troll could wield. In reality, battle axes in the Viking age were light, fast, and well balanced, and were good for speedy, deadly attacks, as well as for a variety of nasty tricks.The axe was often the choice of the poorest man in the Viking age. Even the lowliest farm had to have a wood axe for cutting wood