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Freyja retrieves her stolen necklace from Óðinn, on the condition that she bring about perpetual battle between two kings.


[excerpt from] Sǫrla ch. 2d

2d. [Sáttmál Óðins ok Freyju]

Freyja vaknar um morgininn o...

When Freyja awoke in the morn...

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This episode occurs Loki has stolen Freyja’s necklace, at the behest of Óðinn. This short story or ‘þáttr’ occurs in the Flateyjarbók version of Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar (long version), but has very little to do with King Ólafr himself. The first part of the þáttr is concerned 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: Battle Christian faith Necklace

Named things: Freyja Óðinn

Text sections: Anon Sǫrla 2dVIII


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