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Includes a description of Óðinn’s ‘handsome’ appearance, his skill in battle and his ability to shape-shift. Óðinn is said to speak in poetry and have a following of berserkir.


[excerpt from] Yng ch. 6b

6b. [Frá atgervi Óðins]

Þá er Ása-Óðinn kom á Norðurl...

It is said with truth that wh...

[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: battle Poetry Shape-shift Berserkr Hofgoðar Íþrótt Óðinn skilled in magic Óðinn associated with poetry

Named things: Óðinn

Text sections: Hkr Yng 6bII


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