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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Earl Hákon and Sigmundur seeks good fortune for an upcoming sea journery from Þorgerðr Hörgabrúðr.


[excerpt from] Fær ch. 23b

23b. Þorgerðr Hörgabrúðr

Það er nú að segja frá Si...

Of Sigmund it must now be tol...

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Færeyinga Saga, the saga of the Faroe Islands, tells the story of how the Faroe Islanders were converted to Christianity and became a part of Norway.

The saga is believed to have been written in Iceland in the early 13th century. The original manuscript of the saga is lost. However, certain passages have been copied in other sagas, such as Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mesta, Flateyjarbók, and AM 62 fol.


Þorgerðr’s second name appears in the following forms, Hǫlga-, Hǫlda-, Hǫrða-, Hǫrga-brúðr, and Hǫlga-, Hǫlda-, Hǫrða-, Hǫrga-troll.

See, for example, Storm, G., ‘Om Thorgerd Hölgebrud’ Arkiv II (1885) 124 ff. and “Jómsvíkinga saga. The saga of the Jomsvikings”, in Icelandic Texts, (eds.) Sigurður Nordal and G. Turville-Petre (1962), Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, Toronto/New York pp.51-52.

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Færeyinga saga

Attributes: sea journey Woman Female Sacrifice Ship Female prophetess Seiðr Vǫlva Sea Second sight Ring

Named things:

Text sections: unattrib Fær 23bII


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