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Busla, Bósi's foster-mother, performs a heathen prayer to aid her son doomed to die by the hand of king Hringr


[excerpt from] Bós ch. 5b

5b. Busla´s Prayer

Þetta kveld kom Busla kerling...

That evening, Busla had a tal...

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Bósa saga ok Herrauds is a fornaldarsaga written c. 1300. Preserved copies are found in three 15th-century manuscripts. The story narrates the adventures of the two companions Herrauðr and Bósi.


For more information on the runes, see Claibourne W. Thompson (1987) "The Runes in Bósa saga ok Herrauðs", Scandinavian Studies 50, pp. 50-56.

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Bósa saga

Attributes: sea journey Woman Dream Magical ritual Horse Chant Ship storms, bad weather Magic troll Giants Runes Death Weather Sea Dream Ring Nightmare Night

Named things:

Text sections: Anon Bós 5bVIII


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