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    Exorcise Hallgerd for me!

    “He said to Hallgerd, ‘Let me have two locks of your hair, and help my mother plait them into a bow-string for me”.

    Since first reading Njal’s Saga, I have been haunted by the character of Hallgerd; strikingly beautiful, arrogant, volatile, passionate and ruthless. Both her husbands had occasion to slap her face, and both died for it.

    I liked her last husband Gunnar. He was a typical heroic Norseman. He didn’t always get it right but did he deserve the betrayal?

    What do you guys think about Hallgerd’s behaviour? Was it right to exact revenge in such a manner?

    Sigel
    A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors
    will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigel
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    What do you guys think about Hallgerd’s behaviour? Was it right to exact revenge in such a manner?
    well killing them was maybe a bit harsh, but Hallgerður lived in a time in Iceland where only the ruthless survived, also her father did warn them that she was Ill-tempered, they should have taken heed to that remark before slapping her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lundi
    they should have taken heed to that remark before slapping her
    They certainly should but do you think that her behaviour was still within the boundaries of the Norse code of honour, or did she overstep the mark?

    I can't decide.
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