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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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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.


[excerpt from] Yng ch. 7b

7b. [Frá íþróttum Óðins]

Óðinn skipti hömum. Lá þá búk...

Óðinn could shift his appeara...

[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: Dream Magical ritual Seiðr Óðinn goes travelling Shape-shift Death

Named things: Óðinn

Text sections: Hkr Yng 7bII


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