Did the shield maiden exist, or did Hollywood make the iconic Skjaldmaer its own “strong woman” mythos? The answer is, probably a bit of both.
While the Seax blade is new for Emerson, as Ernie points out, it is not a new concept, having been used back in Viking times. Ernie has been a fan of Viking weapons and tools for many years, and this prompted him to pay homage to this blade design, which was originally used by Vikings in a fixed blade configuration.
Valheim is a Viking-themed survival game for up to 10 players, developed by Iron Gate AB and published by Coffee Stain Publishing.