This isn’t a wedding you’ll find suggested in most Wedding magazines! This couple decided to go with a less conventional theme, although it was quite traditional for weddings that happened centuries ago. If you happened to be a Viking.
Rune and Elisabeth Dalseth decided that they wanted their wedding to be unique, and it certainly was considering it included full Viking matrimonial attire, two authentic longboats and a pagan priest. That’s not all, however. It even included a blood sacrifice.
The blood sacrifice involved a cauldron of pig’s blood that was placed over a pile of stones. It was then dripped over small figurines that represented the gods, which was then blotted onto the foreheads of the couple to be wed. There were also 130 guests present who were fully costumed, who danced to traditional Norse songs while drinking honey-beer. What a night to remember!
Why did they go this route? They are actually part of a group of 6000+ Norwegian Viking revivalists, and they are so deep into this culture that they named their new baby Ragnar Lothbrok, after a legendary Viking hero. Elisabeth was introduced to the world of Vikings by Rune, who had been a pagan for two years prior.
Elisabeth said, “Rune completely opened up a new world for me, and I soon fell in love with the people and the spirituality of it.”
Rune added, “I come from a very Christian family. When I announced that we were not going to have a Christian wedding, my mum was a little unsure about it. But I think she has now come to accept it. She can see how happy paganism makes me and how it has helped me get my life together.
Before I was a Viking, I didn’t have a wife, a baby and a house. Now look at me.”
Although most wouldn’t consider a wedding that includes a blood sacrifice as a proper nuptial, it was obviously the perfect way for this couple to celebrate their love for one another. Huzzah!