Detailed description of arms and armour.
In Byzantium the members of the Varangian Guard were famous as men with red hair and beards, “as tall as date palms”; they were also said to drink too much. But the main symbol of the Varangians was the longhafted Danish axe with its crescent-shaped edge. This guardsman wears ringmail, a mail coif and splint limb armour, and apart from his axe is armed with a sword and a knife.
As an answer to a question. More info can probably be found at some of the more Anglo-Saxon oriented sites linked to in the archive and at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxon_dress (as a good start). The Anglo-Saxon clothes seems related, though not identical, to Norse clothing. However some things , like the tunic, the cloak and tight trousers (for men) seems to have been common in many medieval cultures.
My apologies to the ones of Anglo-Saxon and other Heathen traditions.
It would seem (me being Swedish) that i have been a bit Ethnocentric in my ways of portraying things. Sometimes i´m so focused on my own folklore/culture that i forget that there are many rich traditions of Heathenry and culture out there.
If this is not enough or if there are more specific questions i will consult the a friend of mine who is an Anglo-Saxon Heathen and hit the (more academic) books.
Anglo_Saxon scolars, feel free to correct me.
Anglo-Saxon clothing usually utilized only three types of fabric. Wool was a coarse material which was used for most garments. Lower-class people, such as slaves (theow) and poorer peasants (gebur) could only use wool for their garments, even garments worn against the skin. Linen, harvested from the flax plant, was a finer material which was used for garments that were worn close to the skin by better-off peasants (kotsetlas and geneatas) and those above them in the social hierarchy. Silk was an extremely expensive material, and it was used only by the very rich, and then only for trim and decoration.
5th to 7th centuries
Women wore an under-dress of linen or wool with long and a draw-string neck. Sleeves were fastened with clasps for wealthier women, or drawn together with braid or string for poorer women.
A thousand years ago, people like you and me lived, loved and died here in the Islands of Britain. Their lives are far away in time, separated from us by thirty generations. Yet they were very like us, just as cheerful, just as sad, just as generous, just as mean- spirited, just as skilled and just as fumble-fingered as we are today.