Viking bracelets and arm rings available in silver, leather, pewter, bronze and iron. Our Norse-styled bracelets and oath rings are based on wolf, dragon, mjolnir, raven, bear and vegvisir themes. Our authentic Viking armlets and arm rings are based on original artifacts discovered in Scandinavia. Arm bands and bracelets were extremely popular in Viking culture. They were crafted from silver, gold or bronze. They came in many forms and sizes.
The more sophisticated they were the higher the social class for the wearer. Some of them were in the shape of the Norse Wolf Fenrir. Fenrir was a fearsome wolf who was feared in old Norse Societies. Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir was also a popular depiction of the oath rings. early on in the Viking era, which is about 800 AD, these bangles/ oath rings were simple, but as time went by, the pieces became more detailed and sophisticated. The sophistication arose from the fact that Norse seafarers visited new cultures and met new people. Scandinavian circlets were also a form of wearable currency. In dire situations Norse men and women would cut off part of them in exchange for goods and services. Silver dragon arm rings and wolf bangles were the most form of currency in dire circumstances. This is because an arm band was easier to carry around than silver or gold.
In Eyrbyggja Saga, it is said that all men must make oaths upon a ring. Swearing an oath of a Viking bracelet meant that the oath would be unbreakable. Chieftains and Nobles in Viking societies would give out arm bands to ensure loyalty and fidelity from their subjects. As shown in Frithiof's Saga a man could give his lover an arm ring when embarking on a long journey and swear on the oath ring that he would return to her. In Nordic societies arm bands were seen as a symbol of wealth and status. Gift giving was the foundation of Nordic societies. The practice of swearing on a bracelet or oath ring arises from Odin's arm ring Draupnir, which is used multiple times to swear on, together with his spear. Draupnir had the ability to multiply itself and eight rings would appear every ninth night. Draupnir was forged by the dwarven brothers Brokkr and Eitri (or Sindri). Brokkr and Eitri made this ring as one of a set of three gifts which included Mjölnir and Gullinbursti.