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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Björn is held responsible for raising a níðstöng, a symbol of disgrace, towards Þorðr.


[excerpt from] BjH ch. 17b

17b. Níð

Þess er nú við getið að...

It is further related that so...

[status: unverified copy]



Bjarnar saga Hítdælakappa is one of the íslendingasögur. Björn, an Icelandic skald, was a relative of Egill, known from Egils saga, and grew up at Borg. The saga is believed to have been composed in the early 13th century.


Two lines from the verse are missing in the manuscript, perhaps omitted because of indecency (Robert, C., Kellogg, R. L., Acker, P. L., Viðar, H., & Cook, R. (Eds.). (1997). The Complete Sagas of Icelanders. Including 49 Tales (Vol. 1). Reykjavík: Leifur Eiríksson. pp. 277).

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Bjarnar saga Hítdœlakappa

Attributes: níð Honour Pole Níð

Named things:

Text sections: Anon BjH 17bV


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