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Freyr is king in Uppsala, and his reign brings peace and good harvests (ár ok friðr) to the people in Sweden. After his death, Freyr is buried in a mound. The Swedes continue to sacrifice to him for further peace and good seasons (ár ok friðr).

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[excerpt from] Yng ch. 10d

10d.

Freyr tók þá ríki eftir Njö...

After Njörðr, Freyr succeeded...

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This episode occurs within the longer narrative Ynglinga saga, in which Freyr is depicted as a king in Uppsala. The saga is the first in the collection of kings’ sagas, known as Heimskringla, which were probably compiled by the 13th-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson.

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(Contributed by Anna Millward.)

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Main text: Ynglinga saga

Attributes: Sacral kingship Ritual worship at Uppsala Temple Fertility ár ok friðr Worship living in mounds Fróðafriðr Seasons

Named things: Freyr

Text sections: Hkr Yng 10dII

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