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A short description of Þórr’s Stone, upon which victims judged guilty had their backs broken.


Eb ch. 10

10. [Terms of Settlement]

Eftir þingið höfðu hvorir...

After the fight each side kep...

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This short description in Eyrbyggja saga comes at the end of a fight between two parties -- the Kjallakellingar and Þórsnesingar -- after the former defiled hallowed assembly ground. The narratve recounts the negotiations and settlement that follow, and comments on the Quarter Courts in Iceland. It is at the end of this discussion that Þórr’s Stone is mentioned. Eyrbyggja saga is thought to be written mid-13th century.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Eyrbyggja saga

Attributes: Sacrifice Blood Assembly Law Worship reddening with blood Ritual Space

Named things: Þórr

Text sections: Eb ch. 10


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