Now you have to admit, I couldn't pass adding these to the store. The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings Saga is very heavily based on Norse Mythology. In fact many of the Dwarf names within the movie comes straight out of the Poetic Edda's and Sagas. Not to mention the World structure of Middle Earth, Dwarf Home, Elf Home and much much more.
These are just an awesome addition to anyone's collections, even if its just for fun.
Made from Stainless steel and plated for the look, these Rune Rings are the one ring to crown them all.
Metals Type: Stainless Steel
Surface Width: 7mm
We all know Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien. But did you know that the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the novels subsequent to his same world of fantasy was inspired by Norse Mythology, and Iceland.
Tolkien brought in aspects of the Icelandic landscape, language and folk tales. Norse mythology had a great influence as well on the shaping of his mystical world, Middle-Earth.
Back in the early 1930’s, Tolkien’s family were living in Oxford, England. During this time Tolkien had an Icelandic nanny, who came from the west Fjords, and lived with the family. It was she who would tell Tolkien the stories and folk tales of the Icelandic’s, and also the mythology of the Norse gods. It was during this time that Tolkien started to write the beginnings of the Hobbit. The influence of his nanny must have been strong, as he began reading the Icelandic Sagas from early childhood. The idea of the rings comes from the Völsunga saga, (which also inspired the Wagner opera – Der Ring des Nibelungen) an all-powerful ring and a broken sword that was reforged.
And so Tolkien continued to draw from the Edda’s and Sagas of the Norse and Icelandic Mythology. Rings, Swords, and Magic abound in these Saga and Edda’s as they do in Tolkien’s mystical world.
Rings had strong meanings in these Saga’s and Edda’s. To own a ring was to have power, and to be able to share a ring was to show the sharing of ones property. And just like the swords and rings in the Norse mythology had names, so do those in the Tolkien world.
Another great element of Tolkien’s world was the wizard Gandalf. Gandalf is said to be based on the Norse God Odin. He is described as having a long white beard, and a wide brimmed hat in some of the sagas. And he always carried a staff, and wore a cloak. Odin would wander the worlds in the Norse mythology spreading wisdom, knowledge an truth. Just as does Gandalf in Tolkien’s worlds.
Middle-earth is Tolkien’s version of Midgard (meaning Middle Fortress referring to the land of mankind, earth) in the Norse Mythology. And the geography of the of the Tolkien world reflects that found in Norse mythology. Dwarf Realms, Elf Realms, and the world of the Etins and Jotuns (Giants) are all found in both Norse mythology and Tolkien's realms.
So next time you are looking to watch a movie, why not sit back and watch the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring’s series with new eyes, and new understanding. Better yet, get a copy of the Poetic Edda’s and the Saga’s. You will be surprised what you find in there. How about the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrooke; Ah, but I will leave that story is for you to go discover in the stories of the Norse Gods and their influential wanderings around Midgard. (influenced by Camille Buckley's article in Culture Trip)