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In these hagiographical texts, only the “official” divinities in one of the pantheons have a counterpart in the other. The gods and goddesses extraneous to both pantheons are kept in their original form and not adapted to the known frame of reference. In the same way the demons and evil spirits from exotic 24 11th International Saga Conference 25 lands are quoted with the names they have in the Latin sources. Obviously no need was felt to make them familiar to the Scandinavian audience. The most original and discussed passage about the pagan gods is undoubtedly the one from Clemens saga, on which Tveitane focused his attention in a paper on interpretatio Norrœna delivered at the 6th Saga Conference in Helsingør in 1985.

Sanctuarium, seu, Vitae sanctorum 2, Paris 1910. ] stundum i fiors liki, stundum Odins, stundum Freyiu, en stundum i Friggiar liki edr annarra heidinna manna (Martin3 61823-25 ) Agatha respondit: Sit talis uxor tua: qualis tua dea Venus fuit: et tu sis talis qualis deus tuus Iouis extitit (PassAgat 3816-18) Heilog mær svaradi: Ver flu sem gud flinn Odinn, en kona flin slik sem Freyia gydia flin (Agat1 231-32 ) But the equivalence between Mercurius and Ó›inn on the one hand and Jupiter and fiórr on the other is not so immediate in some other translations.

124. 14 The Latin source is quoted from Acta Sanctorum Ianuarii 2. 15 Saxo Grammaticus, Gesta Danorum, 6, 5, 4. 32 Simonetta Battista manente nostrorum assertione Iovem Mercurii filium exstitisse convincitur, apud quos Thor Othini genitus vulgari sententia perhibetur. Cum ergo Latini contrario opinionis tenore Mercurium Iove editum asseverunt, restat, ut constante eorum affirmatione Thor alium quam Iovem, Othinum quoque Mercurio sentiamus exstitisse diversum. From the analysis of the names of the planetary weekdays we learn that Jupiter corresponds to fiórr and Mercurius to Ó›inn.

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