What does the bracelet mean??
It’s a Viking tradition where a lord presents an arm ring to one of his followers, usually to young people just entering adulthood. The ring means that the lord has accepted this person as one of his own. But it’s usually performed during a gathering called the Thing, in front of the other followers. What made this such a special moment was it was done in private and it was Ragnar’s personal arm ring that he was gifting to Athelstan. And since technically Athelstan was Ragnar’s slave and formally a monk, it also symbolizes that Athelstan is a free man and now a true Viking too. Basically Ragnar is accepting Athelstan as a real man because he fought with valor. It was a very special and intimate moment.