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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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The grave of a Vǫlva is discovered underneath the floorboards in a church after a premonition in a dream


[excerpt from] Laxd ch. 76b


Guðrún gerðisk trúkona mikil....

Gudrun became very religious....

[status: unverified copy]



Laxdœla saga was written in the 13th century and tells of the people of Breiðafjörður area in Iceland. The narrative dates to between the 9th and early 11th century. The saga survives in several fragments but the oldest preserved complete version are found in Möðruvallabók which dates to the 14th century.


This is the first and oldest example of a decription of aVǫlvas grave found in the icelandic sagas.

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Laxdœla saga

Attributes: Heathen Staff Landscape Christian faith Church Vǫlva Grave Dream Second sight Amulet Women/woman

Named things:

Text sections: Anon Laxd 76bV


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