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Aegishjalmr: Mystery and Power

Aegishjalmr is an ancient magical Norse symbol of protection and victory. It’s also known as Helm of Awe and Terror. This symbol we can meet in a few sagas. Warriors and even dragons used it.

Literature sources:

In the Poetic Edda the havoc-wreaking dragon Fafnir used the Helm of Awe to get the ability of invincibility:

“I wore my terror-helmet against all men …and I blew poison in every direction before me so that no man dared to come near me, and I feared no weapon.  I never faced so many men that I did not feel myself much stronger than they were, and everyone feared me.”

The interpretation of these words we can find in 19th century collection of Icelandic folktales of the great Jón Árnason in a spell called “There is a Simple Helm of Awe Working”:

Make a helm of awe in lead, press the lead sign between the eyebrows, and speak the formula:

I bear the helm of awe
between my brows!

Thus a man could meet his enemies and be sure of victory.”

Aegishjalmr was even used in Galdrabók – the Icelandic book of magic that was written after the Viking Age but from an unbroken intellectual line to those times.

The meaning of the symbol:

The eight rays-arms go from the center of the symbol. And these rays by themselves consist of two interesting runes.

The Algiz rune is used in this symbol for the meaning of protection and victory.

It’s intersected by Isa rune that is a symbol of concentration and hardening, as well as a connection to the animating spirits of wintry cold and darkness, the fearsome giants. So that, the meaning of this symbol is following: the ability to overcome through superior hardening of the mind and soul.