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After Sigurður has been killed, his funeral ceremony is arranged. Brynhildur decides to follow him in death.


[excerpt from] Vǫls ch. 31b

31b. Brynhildur's suttee

Nú er búit um lík Sigurðar at...

So Sigurd’s body was laid out...

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The Vǫlsunga saga is a fornaldarsögu, preserved form the late13th century. The narrative covers the origin and decline of the Vǫlsung clan and includes the story of Sigurður Fáfnisbani and Brynhildur and the destruction of the Burgundar.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Vǫlsunga saga

Attributes: Woman Sacrifice Heathen Cremation Gold Pyre Funeral customs Death Fire Women/woman Suttee

Named things:

Text sections: Anon Vǫls 31bVIII


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