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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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A description of Þórólfr’s temple in Hofstaðir, which in some ways resembles the interior of a church. Inside the hof (‘temple’), amongst other things, is an altar with a gold ring and a bowl for the blood of sacrificed animals. The account also mentions tax and temple priests.


Eb ch. 4

4. [Thorolf goes to Iceland]

Þórólfur Mostrarskegg fék...

Thorolf Mostur-Beard held a g...

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This episode occurs shortly after Þórólfr has arrived in Iceland, under the guidance of Þórr, and settled where his high-seat pillars landed. The saga is thought to have been written in the mid-13th century, and focuses on a number of disputes between chieftains and families in the Snæfellsnes area. Whilst Snorri góði emerges as the main character amongst these disputes, the saga contains several episodes involving hauntings, the supernatural and literary descriptions of pre-Christian belief and practice.


(Contributed by Anna Millward.)


Main text: Eyrbyggja saga

Attributes: settlement Sacrifice Ritual Blood Temple Hóf Church bowl Sacrificial animal High-seat pillar Altar reddening with blood Sacrificial bowl Ring Platform Ritual Space

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Text sections: Eb ch. 4


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