JP Elliot’s Helm of Awe Viking Apr 10, 2011


Since the last version of this design sparked so much controversy with my German readers, J.P. Elliot and I decided to change it up a bit. While the sun wheel began as something Icelandic and Nordic, the Nazis most definately repurposed it to mean something entirely different. It sucks when that sort of thing happens but as history has shown, symbols aren’t evil, people are.

That’s why we decided to shift the design to the Helm of Awe or the Ægishjálmur, a symbol of protection. In ancient Nordic tribes, it was said to be scratched or drawn on the inside of one’s battle helmet or on their armor to give the wielder power over evil and to protect them during battle. Sometimes it was drawn in blood and placed on a warrior’s forehead or worn on their back. These specific runes originate from the history of Odin, Thor, Freya and other ancient viking history and aren’t thrown around as much in modern times as say the pentagram.

While I can’t say what I’m using this for just yet, I can show you the whole design. Expect more information on Tuesday for a pretty rad project I’m working on!

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