What did Viking Helmets really look like?
Viking helmets are often portrayed as having horns, however this was not the reality for most Viking warriors as horns on a helmet would be quite impractical. It is widely accepted that horned helmet were not used at all in battle by the Vikings and may have only been used in some instances for ritual purposes.
A lot of Viking age helmets were quite simple in their design. The majority consisted of a helmet bowl accompanied by a prominent nose piece. Raised sections around the eye sockets of helmets made it easier for blows to be deflected. Many Viking helmets featured more elaborate cheek guards and chain mail sections at the back to provide extra protection.