This Viking hair tie features the Helm of Awe on a Raven skull.
The hair tie is attached to the raven skull by a clamp that can be carefully open to replace hair ties as needed.
Measures 2 x 1 inches
Hugin and Munin (pronounced "HOO-gin" and "MOO-nin"; Old Norse Huginn and Muninn, are two ravens who help the god Odin.
Ravens were of great significance to the Vikings and revered as a sign from the Gods when they appeared. Odin had two ravens named Hugin and Munin (Old Norse Huginn and Muninn) The names come from the words hugr and munr which translates to "Thought" and "Memory"
Two ravens sit on his (Odin's) shoulders and whisper all the news which they see and hear into his ear; they are called Huginn and Muninn. He sends them out in the morning to fly around the whole world, and by breakfast they are back again. Thus, he finds out many new things and this is why he is called 'raven-god' (hrafnaguð).
From the Poetic Edda in the poem Grímnismál, Odin says:
Hugin and Munin Fly every day Over all the world; I worry for Hugin That he might not return, But I worry more for Munin.
Helm of Awe, Ægishjálmr in Old Norse, was used to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy.
The following is from the Poetic Edda in the book of Fáfnismál where Fafnir, a Dragon slain by Sigurth, declares his strength and power from using the Helm of Awe.
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.
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