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Bruce Lincoln

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226140926

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.001.0001

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Hálfdan the Black

Hálfdan the Black

(p.72) 8 Hálfdan the Black
Between History and Myth

Bruce Lincoln

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the story of Hálfdan the Black and how he died after a banquet held in Haðaland, citing various accounts in both Norwegian and Icelandic sources. It considers Heimskringla’s version, which proposes both cattle hole and weather as causal factors in the king’s demise. It also examines Gylfaginning’s account of the cosmogony, which Heimskringla assumes and transforms when narrating Hálfdan’s death.

Keywords:   death, Hálfdan the Black, banquet, Haðaland, Heimskringla, cattle hole, weather, Gylfaginning, cosmogony

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