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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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As Þangbrandr is traveling in Iceland, he meets Steinunn. She tries to convert him to paganism by telling him of the force of Þór, the rason for why his ship went down in the east of Iceland.


[excerpt from] Nj ch. 102b

102b. Þórs Powers at Sea

Hjalti fór utan um sumarit ok...

Hjalti went abroad that summe...

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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: Christianity Heathen Ship Christian faith Conversion Sea Women/woman Holmgangr

Named things: Mjǫllnir Þórr

Text sections: Anon Nj 102bV


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