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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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An arch of turf is created as part of a ritual to prove a mans given right and to absolve his accused guilt.


[excerpt from] Laxd ch. 18b

18b. kafli - Af þeim Surts sonum

Nú reiðisk þessi frásǫgn af Þ...

Thorkel and his followers spr...

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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.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Laxdœla saga

Attributes: Ritual Magical ritual Christianity Law Forn siðr Heathen Landscape Christian faith Jarðarmen Ritual Space

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Text sections: Anon Laxd 18bV


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