Why Is This the Only Existing Viking Age Helmet?

Only Existing Viking Age Helmet - Norway

This iron helmet is the only one that is found in Scandinavia dating back to the Viking Age. Why are not more found? (Photo: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo)

In 1943, extraordinarily rich finds from the Viking Age were made in Haugsbygd in Ringerike, Eastern Norway. The finds included – among many other objects – the only helmet dating back to the Viking era found in Scandinavia.

Helmets are described in the Norse Sagas, and almost exclusively in association with chiefs and kings. Illustrations from the Viking Age are almost non-existing, but in some cases where the Vikings are depicted with ships, it looks as if they are wearing a helmet. Or is it really helmets? It is suggested that the Vikings actually wore pointy hoods as protection from the weather.

Unique Findings

March 30 1943, during World War II in Nazi-occupied Norway: On the farm Gjermundbu in Haugsbygd in…

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One thought on “Why Is This the Only Existing Viking Age Helmet?

  1. There is a lot of debate and informed discussion about this article in the comments, and it makes for enjoyable reading.
    I have always thought it likely that few warriors of that period wore heavy helmets. Iron also rusts and decays over centuries, so finds would be rare, except on some soils. There is good reason to assume that it was a burial trophy, rather than everyday headgear too.
    As for the Viking raiders, they fought very few pitched battles. They also fought mainly against civilians, local militias, and other poorly-armed units, generally killing people who were often carrying no weapons at all. With this in mind, protective headgear would have been unnecessary for the majority of these ‘battles’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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