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A description of a blótveizla (‘sacrificial feast’) in a temple, involving animal sacrifice, blood and drinking to the gods. Jarl Hákon is described as a great supporter of such forn siður (‘old customs’).


[excerpt from] HákGóð ch. 14b


Sigurðr Hlaðajarl var inn mes...

Jarl Sigurðr was the greatest...

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This episode occurs within the longer narrative Hákonar saga goða, which focuses on Jarl Hákon (c.965-995), who is often depicted as supporting ‘heathen’ customs and resisting Christianity.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Hákonar saga góða

Attributes: Blót Horse Blood Temple Hóf Drinking Sacrificial animal Sacrificial feast Altar Ale Hlaut Hlautbolli Hlautteinn Fire Drinking or toasting vessel Blood of a sacrifice Sacrificial bowl Sacrificial twig

Named things: Freyr Njǫrðr Óðinn

Text sections: Hkr HákGóð 14bII


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