Bronze Saxon Dragon Torc set with red carnelian eyes
Bronze Celtic Dragon Torc
Viking Dragon Torc, Bow Fibula
Silver Celtic Dragon Torc
For the Celts the dragon was a sign of war, and it was under the cloth battle-banners shaped like dragons, writhing and twisting in the wind, that they marched to war against the golden eagles of the Romans.
Our Saxon Dragon torc was inspired by one of the great epic battles of Anglo-Saxon mythology - Beowulf's fight against the Dragon.
After defeating Grendel and his mother, Beowulf ruled over the Geats peacefully for fifty years. At this time, a slave discovers a hidden hoard of treasure, and decides to steal a golden cup in order to pay wergild for a murder he has committed. But in so doing he awakens a dragon that has been asleep for 300 years! In his terror, he flees from the dragon's lair, still clutching the cup. The dragon is enraged at the theft, and that night he emerges from his secret cave to lay waste to the surrounding countryside, killing and burning everything he can find, including Beowulf's home.
Beowulf decides he must slay the dragon. He dons a shirt of mail and a helm, and gathering his thanes, and sets out for the dragon's lair. But upon meeting the dragon in all its firey terror, Beowulf's thanes run in terror, save only for the loyal Wiglaf. Beowulf attacks the dragon with his sword Naegling, but the dragons's scales are too strong, and the sword snaps and breaks. The dragon then bites beowulf on the neck. Wiglaf rushes to his lord's aid, and stabs the dragon in its vulnerable belly, scorching his hand in the process. However this allows Beowulf to draw a knife from his belt and deliver a fatal blow to the dragon, and the great worm is slain. But the bite to Beowulf's neck was venomous, and will soon prove to be fatal as well.
Beowulf knows he is dying, and so he instructs Wiglaf to go down into the lair and retrieve a portion of the dragon's treasure, because seeing the hord he has liberated for his people will make his passing easier. When Wiglaf returns with an armload of treasure, Beowulf tells him that he must now look after the Geats in Beowulf's place. As a final gesture before he dies, Beowulf gives Wiglaf a collar off of his neck.
We would like to think that Beowulf's collar might have looked like our Saxon Dragon Torc.
The large Celtic Dragon torc (below, top left) is constructed with a heavy braid of wire, and is approximately 3/8 inch (10 mm) thick. Available in bronze or sterling silver.
The small Celtic Dragon torc (below, top right) is constructed with a light braid of wire, and is approximately 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick. Available in bronze or sterling silver.
The intricate Viking Dragon's head Torc was inspired by fabulous dragon heads the Viking's carved on wooden furniture, and the prows of their sailing ships.
Our Viking Dragon Torc (below, bottom left) is constructed with a heavy braid of wire, and is approximately 3/8 inch (10 mm) thick. Available in bronze or sterling silver.