Namejs Ring / Nameja Gredzens

for refugees past, present, and future.

Background notes:

King Namejs was (probably) an actual historical figure who ruled Zemgale (a region of Latvia) in the 13th century, and fought against the Teutonic Knights.

The (many variations) of the story of Namejs’ ring seem to originate with a jeweller, Janis Betins, in the early 1900s, around the time that Latvia was gaining independence from the Russian Empire. 

The version of the story I’ve retold here became especially important for Latvian refugees who ended up all over the world after World War Two.

And, here’s a film of someone making one:

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