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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Floki Vilgerdarsson and his passengers sail from west coast of Norway to Shetland and then further on to Iceland. On his way across sea, Floki uses his three ravens to find his bearings from Shetland to Iceland.


[excerpt from] Ldn ch. 2c


Flóki Vilgerðarson hét maðr; ...

There was a man called Floki ...

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The narrative of Landnámabók is set in the late 9th/early 10th century where people from mainly Norse cultures leave their homelands and sail to Iceland in the north west to settle. Landnámabók survives in 5 medieval manuscripts all dating to late 13th century and later. Sturlubók by Sturla Þórðarson, Hauksbók by Haukr Erlendsson (based on Sturlubók and a lost version by Styrmir Kárason), Melabók, Skarðsárbók and Þórðarbók.


The story of Floki´s ravens have often been compared to the biblical account of Noah and his doves searching for land (Genesis VIII)

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Landnámabók

Attributes: sea journey Ritual Magical ritual Ship Raven Travel Sea

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Text sections: Anon Ldn 2cIV


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