Viking Horned Helmets

viking-reproduction-helmet1Viking have horns on their helmets? Nope. Only in Hollywood.

At least that’s what everyone thought until an April 1st news article in the Council for British Archaeology revealed Vikings may have worn horned helmets after all.

Millinery specialist Professor Paul Norn of the University of Reinstädt explains all:

It is clear that the helmet was worn with one horn up and one down. Equally important is the fact that it was worn fore and aft not side-to-side, as the front horn was worn down to provide a nose guard. These guards in metal are clearly portrayed on the Bayeux tapestry on the Normans (who were themselves descended from the ‘Norse Men’). In the past people were shorter, so the rear horn pointed upwards so that the Vikings could find one another in long grass. By 1066 the rear horn was unnecessary as the Normans rode horses (again evidenced in the Bayeux tapestry) and so were now visible in all situations.

“…the rear horn pointed upwards so that the Vikings could find one another in long grass.” hee hee.

Yes, it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

The helmet in the photo is a museum reproduction I was borrowing for a little, uh, light pillaging shopping.


3 Responses to “Viking Horned Helmets”

  1. fsteele Says:

    Yeah, at the long grass I got suspicious and checked the date. If it weren’t for the sidebars I’d have got it sooner. I had to take the text size down to 100% so I read millinary as military.

  2. Catanea Says:

    Oh, thank-you so much. I was sad at the lack of really semi-convincing…spaghetti-harvest Things for the first of April. I’m enormously cheered up.

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