A shield-maiden (or skjaldmær in Old Norse) was a female warrior in Norse and Viking mythology. They are often mentioned in Viking sagas and also appear in stories of other Germanic peoples such as the Goths. The mythical Valkyries may also have been based on the shield-maidens. Shield-maidens, like their male counterparts, are believed to have dressed practically on the day to day, with women's Viking jewelry being worn along with their garments. On the battlefield, they wore leather and metal armor, a helmet, heavy boots, and a long tunic and trousers like other warriors. Fierce yet fashionable, the shield-maidens were icons of their time.
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