Couple Get Married In First Traditional Viking Wedding For Almost 1000 Years

Couple Get Married In First Traditional Viking Wedding For Almost 1000 Years

Even though there are some weird ways to get married - just look at Don't Tell The Bride - most people still decide to go down a more traditional route.

One Norwegian couple took the traditional wedding to a new level when they decided to exchange vows in an authentic Viking ceremony - complete with longboats, a pagan priest and even a blood sacrifice.

Elisabeth and Rune Dalseth opted to ditch their conventional Christian upbringing in favour of a ceremony inspired by weddings that took place 1,000 years ago. The couple swapped the standard bridal car for two authentic longboats and decided to get married on the banks of a Norwegian lake dressed in full Viking matrimonial attire.

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Keeping with tradition, the ceremony incorporated a 'blot' ritual - a cauldron of pig's blood is put on a pile of stones, then dripped over small figures representing the gods, and then blotted onto the forehead of the couple.
In true Viking style, the pair celebrated right into the night - surrounded by 130 guests, all dressed in full costume - swigging honey-beer and dancing to traditional Norse songs.
27-year-old Elisabeth said: "We danced to live music that our ancestors danced to over a millennium ago."
Her and Rune, 36, are part of a 6,000 strong movement of Norwegian Viking revivalists - and even named their six-month-old baby after the legendary Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok.Elisabeth and Rune are keen to challenge the horned helmet-wearing seafarers' reputation for violence, rape and pillage.
Rune, who owns his own carpentry company, said: "Vikings were no more terrible than any other group of people living at that time."The pair met back in 2016, when the world of paganism and Vikings was unknown to Elisabeth. Rune, who'd been a pagan for two years, introduced the world of Vikings to her.