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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Vébjǫrn, the son of Végeir the great sacrificer, was an enemy of Earl Hakon in western Norway. Therefore he sails west to settle in Iceland, but has a difficult sea voyage because of Earl Hakons sacrifices to the gods to bring Vébjǫrn misfortunes.


[excerpt from] Ldn ch. 50c

50c. Vébjǫrn's Trouble at Sea

Eptir andlát Végeirs varð Véb...

After Vegeir died, Vebjorn fe...

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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: sea journey Sacrifice Blót Ship Landscape Sacrificial feast Weather Travel Sea Natural Phenomenon

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Text sections: Anon Ldn 50cIV


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