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Horses have played an essential practical role in society since their domestication. In addition to this they have also had a spiritual and ritualistic purpose throughout history. The Íslendingasǫgur and Íslendingaþættir contain frequent mention of horses, in a seemingly non-spiritual context. Using comparative evidence, such as mythology and archaeological material, this paper investigates whether or not the occurrence of horses in the Íslendingasǫgur and Íslendingaþættir is based upon any historic spirituality associated with the animal. It is concluded that many of the occurrences of horses in the Íslendingasǫgur and Íslendingaþættir do indicate the saga writer’s awareness of the historic significance of the horse, but that neither the saga writer themselves, nor their audience necessarily shared those beliefs from the past, instead using the horse, and its historic connotations as a literary device within the narratives.
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