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.
A modern Icelandic occult symbol that shares the name of the object in Norse mythology
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. 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.
- ^ Byock, Jesse. The Saga of the Volsungs. London: Penguin, 1999, pp. 66.
- ^ Crawford, Jackson. The Poetic Edda. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2015.