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Death penalties with relation to Óðinn and the sacrificied individuals arrival in Hel.


ErfÓl ch. 1


Tolf frák tekna elfar tálaust viðu bála; olli Áleifr falli eirlaust konungr þeira; Svía tyggja leitk seggi sóknstríðs (firum) ríða (bǫl vas brátt) til Heljar (búit mest) Sigars hesti.

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In a memorial poem dedicated to St. Óláfr, the skald Sigvatr Þórðarson relates that by hanging an individual ‑ the act of which is described through a kenning for riding ‑ the person is bound for Hel's hall in the afterlife.


(Contributed by Douglas Robert Dutton.)


Main text: Erfidrápa Óláfs helga

Attributes: Sacrifice Hanging Horse Riding Knots

Named things: Hel

Text sections: Sigv ErfÓl 1I


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