VIKING WARRIOR’S HEART RING 850-1000 AD
Gilt bronze. Size 6 3/4. Heavy with broad band and heart bezel with lattice motif. For Vikings the heart stood for bravery, fortitude, loyalty, integrity, all attributes of the warrior. It is said that Hrungnir, with whom Thor dueled (assisted by a sorceress), had a heart of stone. The warrior’s heart ring defines the very essence of his place in society and the spiritual world. Surface lightly textured from burial. Professionally conserved and refurbished with the gold overlay restored.