Questions tagged [norse]

For questions on the myths and religious beliefs of the Norse people, the pre-Christian inhabitants from modern Scandinavia.

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What are the "nine fearful curses that plague mankind" of Orcadian folklore, besides the 'Stoor Worm'?

The 'Stoor Worm' of Orcadian folklore is described as one of the nine fearful curses that plague mankind, what are the other curses if there are any? Islanders were terrified of the serpent; it was ...
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Did Odin heal Sinfjotli?

In chapter 8 of the Saga of the Völsungs, Sigmund (in wolf form) attacks and almost kills his son Sinfjotli (also in wolf form). Sinfjotli is only saved when Sigmund is pointed to a miraculous herb by ...
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Were events from the sagas or eddas ever used a precedents at medieval Althings?

The reason I ask is because Snorri, widely regarded as a genius of the first rank by those who know his work, was not only a great poet, but a lawyer and historian, and was twice elected lawspeaker.
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Why did Brynhild disobey Odin?

When Sigurd wakes up Brynhild, we learn that her imprisonment was the result of her defiance to Odin's command: Then Brynhild speaks again and says, "Two kings fought, one hight Helm Gunnar, an ...
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Where is Sigi from?

In the Saga of the Völsungs, we learn that the patriarch Sigi is exiled from his homeland and eventually becomes a king in the land of the Huns (or France, according to the Prose Edda). However, the ...
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What is the game the champions play in Harold's court?

In N. Kershaw's translation of Hrafnsmál we learn that champions play chess in Harold's court: 8. Very magnificent is the life enjoyed by the glorious champions who play chess in Harold's court. They ...
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Is the "half-goddess" Hel distinct among mythical rulers of the underworld?

By this I mean, there is a definite parallel between Hel and other underworld goddesses, Kore/Persephone in particular, although the concept may be extended to Inanna/Geshtinanna, who Gaiman regards ...
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Was Hallmund's daughter a troll or half-troll?

Was Hallmund? In Grettir's Saga, he is depicted as extraordinary, and she lives in a remote cave and is described as: "a woman, great of growth, but shapely withal" [Source: Perseus] I ask ...
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Is the practise of standing on stones at election consigned to mythology and folklore?

Humblus I was reading up about legendary Danish kings when I came across a character named Humblus and a rather sensational claim is made at the bottom of the article, and that claim is that political ...