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Earl Hákon invoke the two sisters Þorgerðr and Irpa to aid in his battle against the Jomsvikings.


[excerpt from] Jvs ch. 34b

34b. Þorgerðr Hǫlgabrúðr

Og nú fer jarl á land upp með...

The earl went ashore on Príms...

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Jómsvíkinga saga exists in several editions and is believed to have been written before c. 1220 AD as both the Icelandic Snorri Sturlusson and the manuscript Fagrskinna shows knowledge about its narrative. The saga tells of the establishment of Jómsborg and the jómsvikings journey to Norway to the battle with Earl Hákon of Trondheim.


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: Jómsvíkinga saga

Attributes: battle Woman Sacrifice Magical ritual Battle Heathen Landscape storms, bad weather Magic Seiðr Vǫlva Weather Island Second sight Shooting Arrow Women/woman Arrow

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Text sections: unattrib Jvs 34bI


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