The Runic Protection: The Ægishjálmur II
A highly detailed variation on the ancient original design, our Ægishjálmur II Interchangeable Flap design offers a union of the rustic runes with historically inspired elegance. Ritualistic in nature, Magical Staves were used by men and women in Viking cultures for a variety of purposes. Some served as general protective icons, intended as a form of visual prayer. Others were more specialized in intent and function, and covered topics from the extraordinary (to make oneself invisible), to the mundane (favorable weather for fishing).
Referred to as a “rune of protection” (derived from a translation of its classic name, the “Helm of Awe”), the Ægishjálmur was meant to be worn between the eyes or on the forehead as a potent stave against personal harm. Though the Ægishjálmur was first mentioned in the Poetic Eddas, no extant contemporary example has been identified. However, the tradition of the Ægishjálmur remained a key feature of Norse culture for centuries. Celtic Leatherworks offers an artist’s interpretation of this ancient symbol, encircled with Younger Futhark runes, and finished to the same excellent standards we hold for all of our leather goods.
This is a custom colored Helm of Awe (Aegishjalmur) Sporran. It is a Rob Roy style sporran with an Interchangeable Flap. The bag is made from black deer tanned leather. The flap is full grain vegetable tanned leather with a round rune border and the Aegishjalmur embossed into it. The flap on this bag has been hand rubbed to give it a burnished brass and steel finish.
The bag utilizes a leather drawstring cord to close the bag at the top. The second leather cord is used to loop over the concho or clasp on the flap to hold it closed. These cords are accented with a variety of metal beads. Bead style may vary on each bag.
The back of the sporran is reinforced at the top with vegetable tanned leather. The flap attaches to the back of the bag at the top with heavy duty snaps. There are two D-rings to attach it to a sporran belt. The belt loop will comfortably fit on a 2.5 inch belt should you choose to wear it that way.
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