Ægishjálmur (Helm of Awe or Helm of Terror) is one of the Icelandic magical symbols. It is believed to possess powerful qualities of protection against evil or injustice. It was used by warriors to induce fear in their enemies’ hearts and to prevail in battle.
Zinc alloy, patinated
Size 2.8 cm
One of the representations of the Ægishjálmr in the Galdrabók, a seventeenth-century Icelandic grimoire.
In the Fáfnismál, one of the poems in the Poetic Edda, one of the the attributes of dragon Fafnir is the Helm of Awe.