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Óðinn is a ruler in Sweden. After he dies, his body is burnt on a pyre.


[excerpt from] Yng ch. 9b

9b. [Dauði Óðins / Death of Óðinn]

Óðinn varð sóttdauður í Svíþj...

Óðinn died in his bed in Swed...

[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. Here, Óðinn is depicted as a ruler in Sviþjóð (Sweden).


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Ynglinga saga

Attributes: Cremation Pyre Funeral customs Heaven

Named things: Óðinn Svíþjóð

Text sections: Hkr Yng 9bII


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