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As Svan and Thjostolf is being attacked by Osvif and his men. Svan performs a magical ritual, waving a goatskin over his head, and a fog sets over the attackers so they loose their horses, weapons and their way.


[excerpt from] Nj ch. 12b

12b. Waiving of cloth (Njáls Saga)

Nú tók Svanr til orða ok geis...

At that moment Svan had a fit...

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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: Ritual Magical ritual Battle Seiðr Weather (Waving of) Cloth Fylgja Blind

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Text sections: Anon Nj 12bV


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