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A description of an idol of Þórr and the worship associated with it.

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[excerpt from] ÓHHkr ch. 112b

112b. [Saga Dala-Guðbrands]

Um kveldið þá spyr konungur son Guðbrands hvernug goð þeirra væri gert.

Hann segir að hann var merktur eftir Þór "og hefir hann hamar í hendi og mikill vexti og holur innan og ger undir honum sem hjallur sé og stendur hann þar á ofan er hann er úti. Eigi skortir hann gull og silfur á sér. Fjórir hleifar brauðs eru honum færðir hvern dag og þar við slátur."

In the evening the king asked the son of Guðbrandr how their god was made up. He answered that he was made in the image of Þórr, “and he has a hammer in his hand and is of great size and hollow inside, and he stands on a pedestal when he is outside. He receives four loaves of bread every day and also fresh meat”.

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This short description occurs within an episode of Ólafs saga Helga which narrates a dispute between King Ólafr and Guðbrandr, whom Ólafr is trying to convert. The following passage is taken from a conversation between King Ólafr and Guðbrandr’s son, whom Ólafr has taken hostage.

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(Contributed by Anna Millward.)

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Main text: Óláfs saga helga (in Heimskringla)

Attributes: Hammer Idol Gold Silver idol worship

Named things: Þórr

Text sections: Hkr ÓHHkr 112bI

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