Hörgr – Altars of Stone

The Norse built many altars of stone called, Hörgr (plural hörgar). A hörgr is a type of cairn, which is an altar or shrine made of stones that are either piled, heaped, or stacked. They are used in Norse religion, as opposed to a roofed hall used as a hof (temple). These stone altars called hörgr are attested in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, in the sagas of Icelanders, skaldic poetry, and its Old English cognate in Beowulf. The term hörgr is used three times in poems collected in the Poetic Edda. In a stanza early in the…

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