Rituals at a Modern Viking Wedding: A Blood Sacrifice, Bride Running, and Obligatory Drinking
While others may have had weddings with a Viking theme, it has been said that Rune and Elisabeth Dalseth are the first couple in almost 1,000 years to have held a true Viking wedding that includes several of the rituals performed in the nuptials of their Norse ancestors.
Members of a Norwegian Viking revivalists movement numbering 6,000 people, Elisabeth Dalseth, 27, and Rune Dalseth, 36, decided to hold their Viking wedding on the banks of a lake. The Daily Mail reports that instead of a bridal car, the couple chose to use two specially made longboats made by a local shipbuilder as their means of transport.
Rune followed the ritual of a traditional 10th century Norse wedding by arriving at the lake early in the morning with 10 friends. They set sail and were beckoned back for the ceremony by the call of a hunting horn.
For her part, it is said Elisabeth took a small step away from Viking tradition by arriving to the ceremony with her father and in a white dress – which she declared was “not a princess dress. ” This diverges from the practice of a bride in the Viking age, who would have been escorted to the ceremony by one of her younger male family members with a sword to be presented as a gift to the groom
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