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The Death Of The Saint And His Posthumous Fame

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This chapter examines the official beginning of the saint's veneration: the process of translation and other events which put his relics in focus. The vow from Annal VII focuses on the initiative of northern clergy and laymen, while Annal IX adds Bishop Jón skalli's approval. Except for the cases in which the anchoress Hildr played the main part, and which may be classified as exorcisms, Jón came twice to the beneficiaries whom he intended to help in order to instruct them about the exchange of favours. The second part is devoted to a few episodes, and each of them is described in more than one stanza: the case of Kolbeinn's wife, the incident with the silver bowl, the turf which a poor woman cooked and which Guðmundr turned into meat, and two &t;vatnormr cases&t; from the West Fjords.

Keywords: Annal; Guðmundr’s saintly; Jón skalli; Kolbeinn; posthumous fame; West Fjords



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