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Hrafnkell learns of Freyfaxi’s death and the destruction of his temples, and vows never to sacrifice or believe in gods again.


[excerpt from] Hrafnk ch. 16b


Hrafnkell spurði austur í Flj...

East in Fljótsdalr, Hrafnkell...

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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 Blót Heathen Temple Christian faith Hóf Priest Trú destruction of temple images of gods destruction of sacred object Fire

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Text sections: [not skaldic]


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