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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Haraldr was bewitched by the beautiful Finn woman Snæfríðr and falls in love with her. They are married and Haraldr does not performs his duties as king, managing the country, while he is with her. When she dies, he watches and griefs over her body for years but then after a while the truth about her magical tricks become clear.


[excerpt from] HHárf ch. 26b

26b. Snæfriðr's Body After Her Death

Síðan dó Snæfríðr en litr hen...

Thereafter Snœfrith died, but...

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The saga of Haraldr Hárfagri tells the story of how one king conquers great parts of what is known as Norway, gaining great authority and changing the face of politics as a ruling power. The saga is part of the great work of Heimskringla, written in c. 1230's by the Icelander Snorri Sturlusson.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Haralds saga hárfagra

Attributes: Cremation Burial Magic Death Fire

Named things: Finnar

Text sections: Hkr HHárf 26bII


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