Óðinn is said to leave his body and take the form of a bird, animal, fish or serpent. The account reflects ritual practice reminiscient of shamanism.
7b. [Frá íþróttum Óðins]
Óðinn skipti hömum. Lá þá búk...
Óðinn could shift his appeara...
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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
Named things: Óðinn
Text sections: Hkr Yng 7bII