Ullr Oath Ring, Brushed Black Titanium Carbide Ceramic Wedding Band
For Vikings, marriage wasn’t just a union of the couple, but of families. Marriage was the center of the family in Viking culture, which in turn created intricate and complex traditions, all of them necessary to earn the blessings of the gods.
Traditionally, weddings were held on Friday, the sacred day for Frigg, the goddess of marriage, with the celebrations lasting for a full week.
During the wedding ceremony, the groom presents his ancestral sword to his bride, receiving from her a sword of her ancestors. In both sword hilts rest wedding rings, exchanged rings to further consecrate the vows before the gods.
While the exchanged swords were often stored away as gifts for the future offspring of the couple, the wedding rings meant that, from that moment on, the bride and groom belong to each other.
Ullr is the God of the hunt and the Keeper of Oaths. The Old Norse poem Atlakviða show us how the most solemn oaths are sworn on the Ring of Ullr. This was a common practice, archeologically proved in the only shrine to Ullr ever unearthed, in the city of Lilla Ullevi, Sweden. Excavations on the site found 65 Oath Rings dedicated to Ullr. The rings were apparently used for swearing oaths and then buried at his shrine.
This ring is made of jewelry grade ceramics, also known as titanium carbide. Titanium carbide is so strong that it is used as a heat guard in space shuttles. Ceramics or Titanium Carbide rings are made of an extremely hard material with a hardness measuring 9 to 9.5 in the Mohs scale (diamonds measure 10). They are scratch resistant, non-metallic and hypoallergenic. The rings don’t break easily, and will never need to be polished. That said, due to its hardness, ceramic rings may break when applying enough force, such as hitting it with a hammer.
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