Helm of Awe

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A modern Icelandic occult symbol that shares the name of the object in Norse mythology

The Helm of Awe or Helm of Terror (Icelandic: Ægishjálmur, Old Norse Œgishjalmr) is an object in Norse mythology and subsequently the name of an Icelandic magical stave. The symbol used for the reference in the sagas came from the Huld manuscript written and collected in 1847. It was used as a part of a Christian magic ritual that have had some movements rooted in Icelandic culture, but was very common ritualistic practice across Christendom.

A physical object called the "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.