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Following a murder caused by a dispute over fishing rights, Hrolleifr is attacked and killed by the brothers Jǫkull and Þorsteinn while Hrolleifr´s mother Ljót performs a magical ritual in the middle of the battle.


[excerpt from] Ldn ch. 58b

58b. Ljót's Ritualistic Performance

Þá kom Þorsteinn at, ok neytt...

Thorstein came up, and the br...

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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: Ritual Magical ritual Battle Landscape Seiðr Counterclockwise

Named things:

Text sections: Anon Ldn 58bIV


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