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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Þórólfr sails to Iceland to settle there. Before he lands at the shore, he throws his highseat pillars with a carved image of the god Þórr into the sea. He follows the pillars and settles on the land where they strand. Þórólfr builds his farm and a big temple, names a holy mountain for the dead to dwell in, establishes a district assembly and places of sacrifice on the land he calles Þórsnes.


[excerpt from] Ldn ch. 33b

33b. Þórólfr's Settlement in Iceland

Þórólfr son Ǫrnólfs fiskreka ...

Thorolf, son of Ornolf the Fi...

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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.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Attributes: Sacrifice Blót Battle Assembly Burial Landscape Temple Hóf Funeral customs Blótstaðr High-seat pillar Blótmaðr Holy mountain/hill Grave Island Land-taking River

Named things: Þórr

Text sections: Anon Ldn 33bIV


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