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This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor
Common Shield

You wear no insignia on your shield,” he said. “You
are outlaw.” Nomads of Gor, Page 18

The round shield, concentric overlapping layers of
hardened leather riveted together and bound with
hoops of brass, fitted with the double sling for
carrying on the left arm, was similarly unmarked.
Normally the Gorean shield is painted boldly and has
infixed in it some device for identifying the bearer's
city.  Outlaw of Gor, page 21

Normally the Gorean shield is painted boldly and has
infixed in it some device for identifying the bearer’s city. Outlaw of Gor , Page 21

Vina, with a shield, whose weight she could hardly bear, was trying to cover the boy, Fish, as he fought. Raiders of Gor, Page 297

desperately tired and sore.” Renegades of Gor, Page 331

. . .the Tarn Keeper and the Saddle Maker cried out, and began to stamp their feet in the dust and pound their fists against their
left shoulders. Then others watching cried out in glee. I myself removed my sword from its sheath and with it struck my shield.
Assassin of Gor, Page 36

Turian Shield

The morning sun flashed from their helmets, their long tharlarion lances, the metal embossments on their oval shields, unlike the
rounded shields of most Gorean cities. Nomads of Gor, page 113

They were not the large, oval shields of Turia, behind which a warrior might crouch. . . Blood Brothers of Gor, Page 416

He wore a helmet and carried the Turian shield, which is oval. Nomads of Gor. Page 123


"Incidentally, Turian warriors, in order to have the opportunity to slay a foe, as well as acquire his woman, customarily choose as
the weapon of combat in these encounters, buckler and dagger, ax and buckler, dagger and whip, ax and net, or the two daggers,
with the reservation that the quiva, if used, not be thrown. Kamrak, however, appeared adamant on the point. "The sword," he
repeated." Nomads of Gor, page 124

Rence Shields

Some of the men of the rencers, with their small shields of rence wicker, fought, but their marsh spears were no match for the
steel swords and the war spears of Gor. Raiders of Gor, Page 52

More Shields

I saw then that their action had been diversionary, to occupy us while other longboats, fixed with wicker shields, of the sort used
for naval bowmen, lay along the chain. Guardsman of Gor, Page 11

Behind the Kur, to one side, stood two other Kurii. They, like the first, were fearsome creatures. Each carried a wide, round shield,
of iron, some four feet in diameter. Marauders of Gor, Page 171

Askari shields

The oval leather shields and the stabbing spears of the askaris.  Explorers of Gor, Page 439

Lake Ngao, which was discovered by Shaba, and named by him, was named for a shield, because of its long, oval shape. The
shields in this area tend to have that shape. Explorers of Gor, Page 100

The askaris were jubilant, resplendent in their skins and feathers, with their golden necklaces and armlets, their narrow, tufted
shields. . . Explorers of Gor, Page 224

Red Savages Shields

It is a belief of the red savages that if they are unworthy, or do not speak the truth, that their shield will not protect them. It will
move aside or will not turn the arrows and lances of enemies. Savages of Gor, Page 50

I am speaking of the shields of the peoples of the Barrens and within the Barrens. These are not your ordinary shields. These are
made with the aid of spells. The medicines of war are important in their construction and designs. They are not merely equipment,
not merely contraptions of metal or leather. They are holy. They are precious. They are friends and allies. Blood Brothers of Gor,
Pages 175 - 176

Still others spoke to their shields and weapons, telling them what would be expected of them.” Blood Brothers of Gor, Page 239

It is not uncommon for a warrior to keep his shield in its case or cover when not fighting. It is removed from the case, or cover,
also, of course, when it is sunned, set forth to draw in power and medicine from the yellow, life-giving, blazing star of two worlds,
Sol or Tor-tu-Gor, Light Upon the Home Stone.” Blood Brothers of Gor, Page 302

More on Shields

And on its mast, round and of painted wood, had hung the white shield . . . that it came in peace. Marauders of Gor, Pages 30 – 31

“What shield is at his mast?” called the Forkbeard. “The red shield,” called the lookout. Marauders of Gor, Page 70

He then raised a spear and set it, like the shield, at his feet. This gesture is a military convention employed by commanders on Gor
when calling for a parley or conference. It signifies a truce, literally the temporary putting aside of weapons. In surrender, on the
other hand, the shield straps and the shaft of the spear are broken, indicating that the vanquished has disarmed himself and
places himself at the mercy of the conqueror. Tarnsman of Gor, Page 187

“Swear, too,” he suggested, “by the side of the ship, by the shield’s rim, by the sword’s edge.” Marauders of Gor, page 184

“He has sworn by his shield,” said Akihoka.” Blood Brothers of Gor, Page 187


Warriors Helmet

Above the shield was a suspended helmet, again reminiscent of a Greek helmet, perhaps of the Homeric period. It had a
somewhat 'Y'-shaped slot for the eyes, nose, and mouth in the nearly solid metal. Tarnsman of Gor, page 22

I unbuckled the helmet strap and gently removed the helmet. Outlaw of Gor, page 217

All were silent. I wore the garb of the Caste of Assassins, and on the left temple of the black helmet was the golden slash of the
messenger. Assasins of Gor, page 192

. . . and the simple helmet, innocent of insignia, with empty crest plate, of curved iron with its “Y”-like opening, and cushioned with
rolls of leather. Raiders of Gor, page 68

To be sure, carved in wood, high on the chair, was the helmet with crest of sleen-fur, the mark of the captain.  Marauders of Gor,
page 6

I resheathed my sword, fastened my helmet over my shoulder, lifted my shield and spear and set out in the direction of the Sardar
Mountains. Nomads of Gor, page 5

I hung my helmet over my left shoulder with the sheathed short sword; on my left arm I bore my shield; in my right hand I carried
the Gorean war spear. Outlaw of Gor, page 45

Neither his leather nor his helmet  were distinguished by insignia. I supposed then, that he must be a mercenary, or an outlaw.
Captive of Gor, page 256

The helmet was bronze, worked in the Greek fashion, with a unitary opening somewhat in the shape of a Y. Outlaw of Gor, page 21

His helmet bearer, on his own beast, followed him. Magicians of Gor, page 96

Northern Helmet

The helmets of the north are commonly conical, with a nose-guard, that can slip up and down. At the neck and sides, attached by
rings, usually hangs a mantle of linked chain. The helmet of Thorgard himself, however, covered his neck and the sides of his face.
It was horned. Marauders of Gor, page 73

. . . a helmet, conical, of iron, with hanging chain, and a steel nosepiece, that might be raised and lowered in its bands. Marauders
of Gor, page 96

Helmet or armor of the Wagon people

...he wore a conical, fur-rimmed iron helmet, a net of colored chains depending from the helmet protecting his face, leaving only
holes for the eyes. Nomads of Gor, page 10

I would have supposed that armor, or chain mail perhaps, would have been a desirable addition to the accouterments of the
Gorean warrior, but it had been forbidden by the Priest-Kings. Tarnsman of Gor, page 48

A net of linked chain, unhooked, dangled beside his helmet. His eyes bore the epicanthic fold. He was, I gathered, of one of the
Wagon Peoples, most likely the Tuchuks. Fighting Slave of Gor, page 178

I could see he carried a small, round, leather shield, glossy, black, lacquered; he wore a conical, fur-rimmed iron helmet, a net of
colored chains depending from the helmet protecting his face, leaving only holes for the eyes, I could not see his face because of
the net of chain that hung before it.” Nomads of Gor, page 10

He threw the chain mask from his face, back over the helmet and laughed. Nomads of Gor, page 15

Helmets by color

By their shield insignia and blue helmets I knew them to be men of Tharna. Outlaw of Gor - Page 56

His helmet, with its “Y”-like aperture, was
gray. Captive of Gor - Page 256

At one side of the clearing I saw Sarus, Captain of the Rhoda, leader of the men of Tyros. He lifted his
yellow helmet from his
head and wiped his brow. Hunters of Gor, page 193

“You are a Taurentian, are you not?” I asked a fellow in a
purple helmet. Mercenaries of Gor, page 250

In a minute the rider appeared in view – a fine, bearded warrior with a
golden helmet and a tharlarion lance. Tarnsman of Gor,
page 115

Regulars of Cos, regiments of them, in ordered lines, in cleaned, pressed blue, with polished helmets and shields, preceded by
numerous standard bearers, representing far more units than were doubtless in the city at the moment, and musicians, advanced.
Magicians of Gor, page 89

Across the left temple of the
black helmet I fixed the golden slash of the messenger. In this disguise I freely wandered about the
camp, observing the siege operations, the appointment of the compounds, the marshaling of troops. Tarnsman of Gor, page 176

No one ventured to repel me. All were silent. I wore the garb of the Caste of Assassins, and on the left temple of the
black helmet
was the golden slash of the messenger. Tarnsman of Gor, page 192

About the room, here and there, stood stem warriors of Tharna, grim in their
blue helmets, each with a tiny silver mask on the
temple members of the palace guard. Outlaw of Gor, page 90

Then to my surprise I saw, with us, fighting, a common Warrior, not a Taurentian, one whose helmet was not laced with gold nor
his shield bound with silver, nor his shoulders covered with the purple of the Ubar’s guard. Assassin of Gor - Page 347

With him there stood a tall, bearded helmeted warrior of Port Kar, the golden slash of the officer across the temples of his helmet.
Raiders of Gor, page 51

Captains Helmet

Though his helmet still bore the two golden slashes, it now bore as well a crest of sleen hair, permitted only to captains. Raiders
of Gor, page 129

I gathered up my cloak, and my helmet, it with the captain’s crest of sleen hair, and left the chamber. Raiders of Gor - Page 168

We now saw a tall figure there, behind the ramparts, one whose helmet was surmounted by a crest of sleen hair. There were
standards held behind him. “It is the camp commander!” cried a fellow. Renegades of Gor, page 312

. . . carried a spear, beneath the blade of which was slung a helmet with a plume of dark, swirling hair. . . . Slave Girl of Gor, page

At his saddle hung a
conical steel helmet, oddly fashioned with a rim of fur encircling it, bespeaking a tradition in armory whose
origin did not seem likely to be the Tahari. Tribesmen of Gor , page 306

They wore
gray helmets, with crests of the hair of larls and sleen. Their leather told me they were tarnsmen. Slave Girl of Gor,
page 272

He was a tall man, in a
golden helmet, plumed, too, in gold, and a golden cloak. Magicians of Gor, page 90

Murmullious was unknown for never, even when the crowd cried out the loudest, would he remove the
great helmet with its
curving steel crest that concealed his features;  Assassin of Gor, page 191

“Murmillius is apparently victorious again,” said Vancius of the House of Cernus, lifting a
blind helmet and fitting it over my head.
Vancius, of the guards, turned the key in the helmet lock that fastened the helmet on my head. Within the heavy metal casque I
could see nothing.” Assassin of Gor Book 5 Page 337 “

“There is no time!” said Ho-Tu. “Bring the other helmet!” One of the girls presented Ho-Tu with another helmet. It seemed identical
to the one I had worn. Then I saw that is was perforated . Assassin of Gor, page 333  

“Were it not for the daughter of Marlenus,” said Pa-Kur, his metallic face as placid as the quicksilver behind a mirror, “I would have
slain you honorably. That I swear by the
black helmet of my caste. Tarnsman of Gor, page 138
Weapons of Gor
Shields & Helmets of Gor