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

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Who is the Greek king Brynhild fought?

In chapter 27 of the Saga of the Völsungs, Brynhild brags of having been in battles with a king of Greeks: She answered in heavy mood from her seat, whereas she sat like unto swan on billow, having ...
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Why does Loki borrow Freya's feathered coat to fly

...instead of just turning himself into a bird? I mean, he turned himself into a fly before.
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Is there any link between Achilles and Sigurd/Siegfried?

The two heroes are invulnerable, Achilles because he was dipped in the river Styx by his mother Thetis, and Siegfried because he took a bath in the dragon's blood. Both have a weak spot though, ...
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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 old ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...