It literally translates to "four mirrors" which is a reflection of how these pieces looked, which resembles four sometimes more metal discs or rectangular armour plates. Mirror armor was used in some cultures up to the 20th century. Metal mirrors in this armour were considered as protection from not only cold steel and arrows, but also supernatural influence. It was believed that mirrors could reflect the evil eye , so they were polished and worn over other armour.
Sethwoodworth, I wish to revert your most recent edit because it removes too much from the article - including the actual description of what ringmail actually looks like! Yes, I was afraid someone might do that. The thing is that this article is terrible, even with my edits. I'm currently speaking with armor historian Dan Howard to correct this, but he hasn't done so yet. None of the sources at the bottom of the page are based off of research less than 50 years old, and most are referring to 'studded leather' which is now verifiably a non-item.
Join VIP to remove all ads and videos. This page explains how armour works and lists Unique Armour, their descriptions and values. You can find detailed information on armour location and properties on each individual pages linked below.