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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Before Óðinn dies, he marks himself with a spear. After his death, the Swedes start to believe in him as a god and call on him in battle.


[excerpt from] Yng ch. 9c

9c. [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, in which Óðinn is a ruler in Uppsala. The saga is the first in a collection of kings’ sagas known as Heimskringla, which was probably composed and compiled by the 13th-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Ynglinga saga

Attributes: battle Spear Euhemerism invoking a god by calling name marking with a spear Óðinn grants victory in battle Death

Named things:

Text sections: Hkr Yng 9cII


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