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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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On the morning of Good Friday, a man called Dorrud finds a group of women in a bower and he watches them as they perform some kind of ritual, chating and weaving using human bodyparts.


[excerpt from] Nj ch. 157a

157a. Vakyries (Njál Saga)

Fǫstudagsmorgininn varð sá at...

On the morning of Good Friday...

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Njáls Saga, written in the 13th century Iceland, is set in the years 960-1020 AD. It follows the relationship between Njál Þorgeirsson and Gunnar Hámundarson and their households. The saga describes the dynamics of friendship, honour, feud and revenge that identifies early medieval Icelandic society. The Saga survives in about 60 manuscripts and fragments, none in its complete form.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Njáls saga

Attributes: Battle Horse Blood Prophecy Chant Female prophetess Riding Death Blood of a sacrifice Fate Valkyrie Women/woman Weaving Arrow Sword

Named things: Hildr Hjǫrþrimul Sanngríðr Svipul

Text sections: Anon Nj 157aV


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