Where Did The Vikings Horned Helmet Concept Come From?

If you’re a Vikings TV show series fan, you’re probably aware of the controversy and mystery behind the Viking horned helmet. But if you're still on the fence on whether or not the helmet of the Vikings had horns, then you’re on the right page! In this article, we’ll talk about this topic.           


Viking Horned Helmets   

Based on archaeological artifacts, the Viking horned helmet was not real. The Oseberg tapestry just confused different scholars and depicted that the Vikings had horned helmets. But when artists and writers eventually created horned helmets in their work during the 19th century, the Viking horned helmet became even more famous and became more associated with Viking warriors.                         

The origin or the root of this misleading concept can be traced back to the time when a Swedish painter named Gustav Malmström depicted the Vikings with horned helmets. Another instance was when Carl Emil Doeplerin designed Viking costumes with horned helmets for Richard Wagner's “Der Ring des Nibelungen.”        

It was believed that artists like them had probably gotten some inspiration from other cultures. However, its practical use was uncertain. Some believed that the Viking horned helmet’s role was to poke out the eyes or strike and instill some fear into their enemies. But after some research on this matter, it was suggested by scholars that the Vikings created helmets by riveting pieces of iron to protect their eyes and nose during battles.       

It was also believed that materials like sheepskin may have absorbed the blow of the weapons of their enemies during combat. Some artifacts of Viking helmets even suggested that these warriors attached the leather suspension system. 

Overall, the historical existence of the Viking horned helmet wasn't real. In reality, they were just depictions and something that people believed to be true.

 

References:

https://bavipower.com/blogs/bavipower-viking-blog/the-misleading-root-of-the-viking-horned-helmet

https://scandinaviafacts.com/viking-helmets-horns/

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