Oath Ring

An oath-ring is a metal ring, usually made of a precious metal like gold or silver, which was used for the purpose of swearing oaths before the gods. An oath-ring is normally kept in a holy place, like a temple, and watched over by godhar and/or gydhjur (priests and/or priestesses). An oath-ring is a symbolic, ceremonial object, and is usually of large size, like a man's arm-ring, though one could be as small as a finger-ring. Oaths sworn on an oath-ring are thought to be more binding for some reason. The symbolism intended is probably that of the unbroken circle, like the unbroken oath.