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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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A Swedish man called Glámr comes to Vatnsdal for work as a sheperd. Glámr is described as a large-bodied man with “large grey eyes and wolf-grey hair” He is killed by what people believe to be an evil spirit of sorts, and becomes a ghost himself, continuing haunting the area.


[excerpt from] Gr ch. 32b

32b. kafli

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Grettis saga is one of the Íslendingasögur, all composed in the 13th and 14th century. The saga of Grettir is a story of a man, ill-tempered and outlawed, who drifts further and further away from good society. The saga takes place in Iceland and Norway.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Grettis saga Ásmundarsonar

Attributes: Heathen Landscape Christian faith Priest Hauntings Church Grave Ghost Nightmare Night Ride

Named things: Hel

Text sections: Anon Gr 32bV


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