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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Gefjun transforms four giants into oxen and ploughs the island of Sjælland (Selund).


[excerpt from] Yng ch. 5d

5d. [Frá Gefjun]

Þá sendi hann Gefjun norður y...

Thereupon he sent Gefjun nort...

[status: referenced copy]



This episode occurs within the longer narrative Ynglinga saga, the first in the collection of kings’ sagas known as Heimskringla which were probably compiled by the 13th-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Ynglinga saga

Attributes: Landscape Bull / ox Giants Euhemerism Jötunheimr plough Land-taking

Named things: Bragi Gefjun Gylfi

Text sections: Hkr Yng 5dII


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