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Egill Skallagrímsson

Egil Skallagrimsson

Introduction Edit

Egil Skallagrimsson was a Viking poet and general hell-raiser. Egil was also one of the best rune-masters to ever live.

About Edit

Egil took his first life at age six when he killed another boy over the outcome of a ball game. There are a lot of stories about Egil, most of which were recorded in his own poetry. He depicted himself as a larger-than-life figure who did impossible things-took on huge numbers of opponents and slew them single-handedly, set barns ablaze with a look, brought kings under his sway with only the power of his words and survived numerous attempts on his life. He made an enemy of Gunnhild, either by stealing her runes or by killing her son—stories differ—yet he lived to age eighty in a time when most men died in their forties. [1]

Runes of Langgarn Edit

According to legend, Egil Skallagrimsson enchanted the Runes of Langgarn in the late tenth century. Some stories say that he stole the runes from Gunnhild, the witch queen of Erik Bloodaxe, king of Norway and northern England. And since Gunnhild was said to have Fey blood, it's possible the runes were enchanted long before in Faerie by someone else entirely. [2]

Associated Characters, Groups, Places, etc. Edit

See Also Edit

Book References Edit

  1. Claimed by Shadow, ch. 5
  2. Claimed by Shadow, ch. 5

External Links Edit

Egil's Sagas:

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