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Freyfaxi, the horse that Hrafnkell dedicates to the god Freyr, is killed and Hrafnkell’s temple-buildings are destroyed.


[excerpt from] Hrafnk ch. 15b


Þeir leiða nú hestinn ofan ef...

They now led the stallion dow...

[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: Horse Landscape Temple destruction of temple destruction of sacred object naming the landscape Head covered by bag Sacrificial animal Fire

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Text sections: [not skaldic]


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