Shelfari edited the themes of The Wreath Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
- Edited the description of Wreath: A wreath in this context is a crown of foliage. The wreath of the elf-maiden at the beginning of the story is symbolic of the wild; the wreath of the nunnery, a symbol of piety; and the wreath of the virgin, a symbol of maidenhood. A wreath of God symbolizes belonging to God alone; that is, entering a convent. The bridal crown Kristin wears to her wedding bed is symbolic of marriage and the bride's giving of her maidenhood to her husband.
Inmedieval times, the symbolic object most associated with the bride was the wreath. Denoting triumph and festivity, it was also linked with her virginity. The bride would present the groom with a wreath; during the procession to the church she wore her hair loose or uncovered, save for the bridal wreath or crown. Her peer group of unmarried women distributed wreaths to all the guests.