Derived from the term ''Swine Array'' or The ''Boar's Snout'' – The Svinfyking was a 5th Century BC Scandinavian Infantry tactical formation. Norse myth claims that The God Odin invented the ''Svinfyking''. Norse and Germanic Peoples also adopted the tactic. In formation, The Svinfyking was a wedge pattern which placed only several Warriors in front, Directly behind them, several more and so one (each successive Rank increased the number by a factor of 2). in total, a primary formation was 400 Warriors (by the Rear Rank). Packed tightly with a small radius of movement, all Warriors could protect their front and sides. The sides of The Formation was protected by Warriors to the Front and Rear. If one fell, another could quickly take His place.
To reinforce The Svinfyking, (2) separate ''Sqaures'' formed the Left and Right of The Wedge (as a Flank). These numbered 100 Warriors and served as a Reserve or reactionary Force. These Warriors often were armed with Ranged Weapons. The Svinfyking was effective against Horsemen and for committing a ''charge'', in which The Wedge could ''break thru'' a reinforced Enemy Line.