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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Hrafnkell Freysgóði (‘Priest of Freyr’) dedicates his horse Freyfaxi to the god Freyr, by swearing an oath to kill anyone who rides Freyfaxi without permission.


[excerpt from] Hrafnk ch. 3b


Hrafnkell átti þann grip í ei...

Hrafnkell had one animal in h...

[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 rejection of the god Freyr.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða

Attributes: Sacrifice Horse Oath Sacrificial animal

Named things: Freyr

Text sections: [not skaldic]


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