The Orkney islands are unique and unlike any other part of Great Britain. They have managed to retain many of their original, unique customs and traditions resulting from their long and eventful history. In the early 8th century the Vikings arrived looking for land and for the next 600 years or so the Norsemen ruled Orkney. The raven banner was used by the Norse Jarls of Orkney. Surprisingly, although the Vikings had a reputation as fearsome warriors, they settled down and became farmers.
Rob took the ravens from the Orkney Penannular to create the Orkney Hammer. The ravens face outward under a braided column and above an x set inside wide v shape at the bottom. This is the keyring version. The pendant is available in the pendant category.
The Orkney Hammer measures 1 3/4 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. The keyring includes a 1.25 inch split ring.