Helm of Awe

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Helm of Awe/Terror, Ægishjálmur

The Helm of Awe or Helm of Terror (Icelandic: Ægishjálmur, Old Norse Œgishjalmr) is an Icelandic magical stave. A physical object called "Helm of Terror" is referenced as one item Sigurd takes from the dragon Fafnir's hoard after he slays him in Völsunga saga.[1] Stanza 16 of Fáfnismál in the Poetic Edda also mentions:

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.[2]


  1. ^ Byock, Jesse. The Saga of the Volsungs. London: Penguin, 1999, pp. 66.
  2. ^ Crawford, Jackson. The Poetic Edda. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2015.