Runes are one of the earliest alphabets, and where used for their enchanting properties as well as communication. Beginning 1600 years ago they have been discovered on swords, stones, and in this case on ancient rings.
The gold version was found near Carlisle when York was an Anglo Saxon village in 800 AD. Each of the other 2 rings are in the museums of Copenhagen Denmark and Norway. They all bear the same runic inscriptions.
I’ve recently found articles that hypothesize the meaning of the words:
Phonetically the words read “ærkriuflt kriurithon glæstæpæn/tol”. Mr. Bleackley’s interpretation is “by conjuration I command the bleeding to stop.” This leads me to believe it was worn by warriors to make them invincible or impervious to injury. Definitely a good luck charm.
The Runic alphabets are a set of related alphabets using letters known as runes, formerly used to write Germanic languages, mainly in Scandinavia and the British Isles, but before Christianization also on the European Continent. The Scandinavian variants are also known as Futhark (or fuþark, derived from their first six letters: F, U, Þ, A, R, and K); the Anglo-Saxon variant as Futhorc (due to sound changes undergone in Old English by the same six letters). This ring is available in 4 widths.
R100 (7mm wide)
R652 (10mm wide)
R200 (12mm wide)
R212 (5mm wide)
R192 (13mm wide) note Runes are engraved into the ring.
R536 (8mm wide)