Horse Burial in Scandinavia during the Viking Age


Chapter 4: Horse & Man…………………………………………………………………...61



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Chapter 4: Horse & Man…………………………………………………………………...61


4.1 The Remarkable Find from Arninge…………………………………………...61

4.2 The 10th Century Horseman Graves……………………………………………63

4.3 The Impact of Christianity on Horse Burials…………………………………..67

4.4 The Chamber-Graves at Birka…………………………………………………68

4.5 Lindolm Høje—An Example of the Variation of Horse Burials………………73

Chapter 5: Horse Burial in Old Norse Literature………………………………………...75


5.1 Horse Burial as a Common Occurrence in the Sagas………………………….75

5.2 To Valhalla by Horseback, Not by Ship……………………………………….76

5.3 The Journey to Hel or the Underworld………………………………………...76

5.4 The Horse’s Role in the Burial Mound………………………………………...78

5.5 Frey and Horses in the Sagas…………………………………………………..79

5.6 Sleipnir as the Horse of Death…………………………………………………79






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