This will start to make sense to you once you understand the true medical history of the story behind The Helm of Awe. In many past articles I have written on history and health problems associated with the worm. In this, and future articles in relation to the Norse, I will detail much more evidence to support my medical theory that the Norse, just like many other cultures around the world, were essentially who we can call Northmen Gnostics and shamans who practiced medicine, healing, and encoded their teachings into mythology, charms and even their own ancient medical books. As with many cultures, their pagan religion, wisdom teachings, and medicinal rites were culture specific to the cold regions in which they inhabited, and the Norse priests or shaman who were both men and women were in charge of helping keep their people healthy.
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.