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Hrafnkell worhsips the god Freyr to such an extent that he is known as Freysgóði (‘Priest of Freyr’). He dedicates his horse Freyfaxi to the god, by swearing an oath to kill anyone who rides Freyfaxi without permission


[excerpt from] Hrafnk ch. 2b


En þá er Hrafnkell hafði land...

When Hrafnkell had taken the ...

[status: referenced copy]



Hrafnkel’s saga takes place in the East fjords of Iceland, mainly in Fljótsdal and Hrafnkelsdal. The narrative focuses on the protagonist, an Icelandic chieftain named Hrafnkell, who kills his servant Einarr after discovering that he has ridden Freyfaxi without permission. The saga narrates Hrafnkell’s fall from power and eventual reclamation of authority, his dealings with the law and his rejection of the god Freyr.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða

Attributes: settlement Sacrifice Blót Heathen Temple Worship Priest priest of Freyr

Named things: Freyr

Text sections: [not skaldic]


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