“It has a touch of violence and elegance at the same time – a dangerous combination. The helmet is found in Vendel, Uppland. It is a crested helmet with a high bronze crest in the shape of a bird or a dragon. Once it belonged to a man from a powerful dynasty, dated to the 7th century. He was buried in a boat with his valuable possessions around him; weapons, tools, cooking utensils and provisions for banquets as well as three dogs and three horses.
The buried man was one in a long succession line of rulers in the dynasty; they all were buried in the same way. Some believe they wanted to express a warrior ideal in death, related to the god of Odin. Others believe that they could be connected to kings mentioned in the Icelandic sagas. Names like Alrek, Erik, Agne, Ingjald, Egil, Östen, Yngvar and Anund occur in the written sources . No matter what the man who owned this helmet called himself he played surely a prominent part in political life in Uppland in the late 7th century.”