Are there any authentic Viking helmets left today? What do they look like?
There are only four known Viking helmets that survive to the modern day, and only one of these, the Gjermundbu Helmet, survives in a state that is able to e reconstructed. This helmet is made of iron and has a simple bowl cap and a spectacle guard over the eyes. It is possible that a form of mail was placed on the back to protect the neck, but it is not certain whether this is the case. In general, iron helmets were extremely rare in Viking society due to their cost and most soldiers wore leather helmets or none at all. There is no evidence to suggest that Vikings wore horned helmets and this largely comes from modern popular culture and inaccurate representations in Hollywood films.