Spirits: The Dís and Fylgja in Norse Myth

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Emma Groeneveld
by Jackson Crawford
published on 06 December 2018
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Most of our sources for Norse myth tell of gods and great heroes, but constant references in the sagas also reveal a belief in spirits called dís (plural dísir) and fylgja (plural fylgjur) that we only vaguely understand today. This is a timely topic for the fall, because the dísablót (sacrifice to the dísir) was apparently held in mid-October.

Dr. Jackson Crawford is Instructor of Nordic Studies and Nordic Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder (formerly UC Berkeley and UCLA). He is a historical linguist and an experienced teacher of Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, and Norwegian. FAQs: https://youtu.be/tOgU4vgnmxE

Jackson Crawford’s translation of The Poetic Edda is available now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1624663567 and his translation of The Saga of the Volsungs with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok is available as of September 2017: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1624666337

Jackson Crawford's Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/norsebysw

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Crawford, J. (2018, December 06). Spirits: The Dís and Fylgja in Norse Myth. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/1604/spirits-the-dis-and-fylgja-in-norse-myth/

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Crawford, Jackson. "Spirits: The Dís and Fylgja in Norse Myth." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 06, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/1604/spirits-the-dis-and-fylgja-in-norse-myth/.

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Crawford, Jackson. "Spirits: The Dís and Fylgja in Norse Myth." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 06 Dec 2018. Web. 12 Jun 2021.