From Iceland — Wedding Ring Found In Blood Pudding

Wedding Ring Found In Blood Pudding

Published November 4, 2014

Haukur Már Helgason
Photo by
Anna Guðný Egilsdóttir

First, context: Slátur, etymologically related to slaughter for a reason, is a traditional meat-product somewhere between a sausage and Scottish haggis. It comes in two varieties: blóðmör and lifrarpylsa, blood pudding and liver sausage. The blood pudding could be categorized among other blood sausages, known in traditional cuisines the world over.

Sláturgerð, making slátur, is the act of grounding and mixing the ingredients and stuffing the mix in sausage skins. Among some families, this counts among traditional annual rituals, signalling the onset of autumn.

Making slátur is what Anna Guðný Egilsdóttir was doing with her friends on Akureyri in October 2013. While stuffing the skins, genuine stomach skins, she says, she looked at her hand and noticed that her wedding ring was missing. She and her friends searched for it in the ground innards but found nothing. The sausages were then stockpiled in a freezer.

A year later, last Sunday, Anna decided to boil slátur for dinner. Upon slicing the blood pudding, the knife hit something hard, she says, and there it finally was: her wedding ring. Anna subsequently took the photo above, published with her kind permission, which must count as irrefutable evidence of the incident.

The story was originally reported by Akureyrarvefurinn.

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