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  1. Vengeance may lead a good Titan from law down into fire.
  2. If flexed at full strength, this gauntlet would tear itself asunder.
  3. The plate’s surface snaps into alignment when battle is near.
  4. The legendary Njall let himself be burned rather than abandon his home.
  5. In wars of ancient myth, the fire of great birds guarded the warriors below.

Definition/Summary:

Atgeir aka mail-piercer or hewing-spear

  • A type of polearm in use in Viking Age Scandinavia and Norse colonies in the British Isles and Iceland
  • Also known as halberd and most likely closer resembled a bill or glaive during the Viking age

Njall

  • “The saga of Burning Njáll” written by an Anonymous author
  • Njáls saga is the longest and most highly developed of the sagas of Icelanders. It is often considered the peak of the saga tradition
  • Three main episodes comprise Njal’s Saga, including the death of Gunnar, the burning of Njal, and the revenge of Kari
  • Njáll Þorgeirsson, a lawyer and a sage, and Gunnar Hámundarson, a formidable warrior. Gunnar’s wife instigates a feud that leads to the death of many characters over several decades including the killing by fire of the eponymous “Burnt Njáll”. Saga shows the process of blood feuds, the folly of an honor code and destructive prolonged bloodshed
    Another presence in the saga are that of omens and prophetic dreams
  • Njáll lived in Bergþórshvoll in Landeyjar and was married to Bergþóra Skarphéðinsdóttir. He is described as a kindly, wealthy, non-violent, and handsome man, but beardless, suffering from the peculiar condition of not growing any facial hair
  • He was a great lawyer — supposedly unequalled in wisdom and predictive powers — and solved the problems of every man who came to him for counsel. He was a close friend of Gunnar Hámundarson of Hlíðarendi.
  • After his sons become involved in a dispute, the farmstead at Bergþórshvoll is surrounded by a hundred men and put on fire. By then, Njáll is an old man and is offered the chance to leave. He chooses to stay and dies in the fire with the rest of his family

Expanded info:

Birds in Norse Viking Mythology helped with many transitions in their main book of poems
“Poetic Edda” it is the modern attribution for an unnamed collection of Old Norse anonymous poems
They take many form such as guides, information gatherers all the way to the three roosters sounding out the final days known as Ragnarok and the fiery regeneration of the Tree of Life

Gullinkambi
Hábrók
Hræsvelgr
Huginn and Muninn
Veðrfölnir and eagle
Víðópnir

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