Ægishjálmur Pyrography Wooden Plate
This one of a kind product was created by Villkat Arts exclusively for Northern Fire.
Ægishjálmur, which translates literally to “Helm of Awe” or “Helm of Terror," dates back to the Middle Ages. Though it may have existed earlier in the Viking Age, there is no evidence as of yet that it did.
The Icelandic manuscript known as Galdrabók discusses this sigil as well as magic in the Middle Ages. It mentions how the symbol may be used to incite "awe," or fear, into anyone gazing upon it.
Interestingly, within the the Völsunga saga, the hero Sigurd defeats the dragon Fafnir and takes a helm from him. It's unknown if this is meant to imply a symbol or an actual helmet (which may display the symbol and therefore inspire terror in foes).
Material & Make
The use of fire to manipulate natural materials is one of the most ancient forms of artistry. Pyrography has been discovered on artefacts globally such as bone, wood, leather, and even stone.
Each piece is uniquely one of a kind, having been hand worked by the artisan to compliment the dimension of the design and respect the natural grain of the wood.
About The Artist
Known as Villkat Arts in his tattoo work, Ash is celebrated globally for his ability to communicate the shamanistic and spiritual components of the ancient world through his artistry. With a focus on Celtic and Nordic symbolism, Ash’s intention and energy shines through in each of his works, creating a connection between the viewer (or wearer) and the depth of meaning within these art styles. The journey of re-discovering his Northern European heritage is part of Ash’s artistic journey and can be seen in his woodwork, pyrography, painting, and tattoo work.
You can see more of Ash's artwork on Northern Fire here.
Size & Dimensions
The diameter of the disc is 28cm (11 inches)