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A brief reference to the Æsir in Asia.


[excerpt from] Sǫrla ch. 1b

1b. [Frá Freyju ok dvergum]

Fyrir austan Vanakvísl í A...

To the East of Vanakvísl in A...

[status: published]



This short story or 'þáttr' occurs in the Flateyjarbók version of Ólafs saga Tryggvassonar (long version), but has very little to do with King Ólafr himself. The first part of the þáttr is concerend with the gods, and the theft of Freyja’s necklace by Loki. Óðinn promises to return the necklace on the condition that Freyja causes two kings to engage in perpetual battle. The second part of the þáttr deals with the adventures of Sörli, a Viking prince, and another prince, Högni. The þáttr ends with the perpetual battle between Héðinn and Högni, thereby fulfilling Freyja’s promise. Finnur Jónsson dates the story to the first half of the 14th century.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Sǫrla þáttr

Attributes: Blót Euhemerism gods as sacrificial priests Blótstaðr Freyja associated with promiscuity

Named things: Freyja Freyr Njǫrðr Óðinn

Text sections: Anon Sǫrla 1bVIII


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