King Óláfr Tryggvason in a Pagan Temple

King Óláfr Tryggvason in a Pagan Temple

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Gods and Goddesses

Þórr (non.)
Thor (en.)
In the Prose Edda, Þórr is the son of Óðinn and the giantess Jörð. However, in Heimskringla, he is a mortal.

Historical Persons, i.e. from Heimskringla, Saxo, sagas etc.

Óláfr Tryggvason (non.)
Olaf Tryggvason (en.)
Óláfr was baptized in England before he became king in Norway. He promoted Christianity throughout his rule but never succeeded in christainizing the whole country. He likely died at the Battle of Svold in 1000 but rumours persisted afterwards that he had survived.

Source Materials:

Heimskringla (is.)
History of the Kings of Norway (en.)
This account of the history of the kings of Norway and is generally believed to have been written by Snorri Sturluson in Iceland in 1230. It begins with the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglings, who were the subject matter of the skaldic poem Ynglingtal, and ends with the reign of the Norwegian king, Magnus Erlingson (died 1184).
Kongesagaer (1899 ed.) (no.)
The first edition of Gustaf Storm's Norwegian translation of Heimskringla.
Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar (is.)
Olav Tryggvasons Saga (no.)
Saga of Óláf Tryggvason (en.)
This is the seventh saga in Heimskringla.

Source Persons

Egedius, Halfdan (no.)
b. 5th May 1877
d. 2nd February 1899
Nationality: Norwegian
Egedius was one of the main illustrator's for Gustav Storm's editions of Kongesagaer in 1899 and 1900.
Snorri Sturluson (is.)
b. 1179
d. 1241
Nationality: Icelandic
Snorri was an Icelandic statesman, scholar, and author who is credited with writing Heimskringla, The Prose Edda, and possibly Egil's Saga.