Helm of Awe mug

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Helm of Awe mug

This horn mug has the been hand carved with the Helm of Awe. All our mugs are made from cow horn and have a 5 mm solid oak base.

Helm of Awe (Icelandic: Ægishjálmr, Old Norse Œgishjalmr) - The Helm of Awe is one of the most well know and powerful Norse symbols; and often represents strength and protection. It is believed that warriors would paint the symbol on their foreheads before battle, with the intention of striking fear into the hearts of their opponents.

The arms of the symbol appear to be made up of the rune Algiz, often symbolising protection and prevailing over one's enemies.

In Fáfnismál (Poetic Edda poem), the dragon Fafnir attributes much of his power and apparent invincibility to the "Helm of Awe", a physical object which Sigurd takes from the dragons lair after he slays Fafnir in the Volsunga Saga (Saga of the Volsungs).

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.

Fáfnismál: Stanza 16

  • Capacity: 400 - 600 ml (Approx)
  • 5 mm solid oak bottom
  • Helm or Awe
  • Hand crafted in the U.K
  • Beeswax lined

All our horn products are handmade in our Yorkshire based workshop. All horns arrive in their completely natural state, we then sand, polish and line the inside of each individual piece. All designs are drawn on and carved entirely by hand.

The inside of the horn mug has been extensively cleaned and then lined using a food grade beeswax. We try to keep everything as authentic and organic as possible, which is why we opt for a deodorized beeswax lining rather than a polyurethane one. Because we use a natural wax, the horn isn't suitable for hot drinks. All drinking horns and mugs come with a set of care instructions.

These horn mugs are made to order, so may differ from the product pictures. If you have a preferred colour horn, please leave a message with your order and we will do everything we can to accommodate.