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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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At a great feast Auðr prophesied her own death. She is later buried away from unconsecrated earth, as was her wish as a devout Christian.


[excerpt from] Ldn ch. 40b

40b. Aður Prophesies Her Own Death

Auðr var vegskona mikil. Þá e...

Aud was a woman of great dign...

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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.)


Main text: Landnámabók

Attributes: Heathen Prophecy Feast Burial Landscape Christian faith Baptism Funeral customs Sea Ritual Space

Named things: Auðr

Text sections: Anon Ldn 40bIV


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