Norse rings worn on the finger were popular with the Vikings but only in the later stages of the Viking Era. Norse rings for men were highly sought after. They were a symbol of status in the society. Many gold examples of rings have been found in Viking graves, often sporting an uneven width with many rings being open ended, possibly allowing them to fit on many different sized fingers with very little work.
Viking rings for men are the most common in this collection, Vikings loved wolf rings, dragon rings and the vegvisir rings. The vegvisir is an Icelandic magical stave that enabled the wearer to find his way in This collection contain the Valknut ring. The Valknut is Odin’s symbol for slain warriors. It consists of three interlocked triangles. Vikings preferred rings made of silver and bronze. Chieftains and nobles would wear gold rings to show their social status and authority. Marriage was a central structure in the Viking culture and they had intricate Viking rituals. weddings were held on Friday, which in Norse religion is a scared day for Frigga, the goddess of marriage. Viking wedding rings sealed the union between a man and woman. This collection contains runic rings each with the 24 Elder Futhark runes.