Ægishjálmur (Helm of Awe/Terror) Ritual Tool
Ægishjálmur (Helm of Awe/Terror) Ritual Tool
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The Ægishjálmur is an ancient Norse symbol that goes by a few names, the Helm of Awe, the Helm of Terror, Aegishjalmu or the Viking Compass. The name Ægishjálmur is derived from the ancient Norse God of the ocean of Jotunheim (World of the Giants), Aegir. Jotunheim is the land of the frost giants, one of the nine realms of Norse mythology.

In the Poetic Edda, the Helm of Awe makes an appearance when the dragon Fafnir claims that he derives invincibility from bearing the symbol. Victory in battle. The symbol was also carved into the helmets of Vikings to ensure protection and safety in battle. A guide to the way home.

The Helm of Awe

I wore before the sons of men

In defense of my treasure;

Amongst all, I alone was strong,

I thought to myself,

For I found no power a match for my own.