The Mighty Dead in Norse Tradition – Jane Sibley

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The deceased could be friendly or scary, or in many cases, singularly useful in both Pagan and Christian lore. Corpses, especially hung thieves and execution/murder tools (hangmans’ ropes, knives, bullets) were also of use in traditional magic and healing. We will explore the gjenganger (again-walker) and the draugr (drowned at sea), which could be pretty scary, as well as binding the deceased to his/her grave.