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An example of blót (‘sacrifice, worship’) inside a temple. Glúmr swears an oath on a ring, reddened in blood, and fools his witnesses.


[excerpt from] Glúm ch. 25b


En um morguninn eftir sendi G...

Next morning Glúmr sent word ...

[status: referenced copy]



This episode occurs in the longer narrative Víga-Glúms saga, preserved fully in the vellum manuscript Möðruvallabók and thought be written early- to -mid-13th century. In this scene, Glúmr has to swear an oath and prove that he did not commit Þorvaldr krókr's ('hook') murder. The oath is to be taken five weeks before the beginning of winter, in three different temples.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Víga-Glúms saga

Attributes: Sacrifice Blót Blood Temple Hóf worship in temple Oath Bull / ox Silver ring reddening ring with blood sacrificing an ox swearing oath on a ring

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Text sections: Anon Glúm 25bV


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