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A seeress had foreseen that Ingimundr were to leave Norway and settle in Iceland. And to prove the prophecy, it was told that Ingimundr would find his lost Freyr amulet in the place where Ingimundr would dig for his high seat pillars in Iceland. Ingimundr is not eager to travel to Iceland, but King Haraldr encourages him and Ingimundr sends two Sami on a magical investigation to Iceland to explore whether or not the prophecy was true.


[excerpt from] Ldn ch. 56c

56c. Ingimundr Uses Sami Magic

Ingimundr unði hvergi; því fý...

Ingimund couldn’t settle down...

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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: Prophecy Landscape Silver Magic Female prophetess Second sight Women/woman

Named things: Freyr Finnar

Text sections: Anon Ldn 56cIV


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