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The dane King Haraldr Gormsson was insulted by the Icelanders composing offensive verses about him. Therefore he intends to sail to Iceland to avenge the offence. He sends a warlock ahead, in shape of a whale, to get some more Information about Iceland and the Icelanders.


[excerpt from] ÓTC ch. 33b

33b. Warlock Swims to Iceland in Shape of a Whale

Haraldr konungr bauð kunngum ...

King Harald bade a warlock to...

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The saga of Ólafr Tryggvason 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: Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar in Heimskringla

Attributes: Landscape Supernatural Bull / ox Giants Shape-shift Whale Sea Land spirits Sorcerer

Named things:

Text sections: Hkr ÓTC 33bI


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