(cf. Old English 'hearg', Old High German 'haruc')

A type of altar, constructed of piled stones, used by the Vikings in religious and civil ceremonies.

A typical use of the horgr would be to place upon it a bowl of the blood of an animal sacrificed to a Norse diety (e.g. a goat for Thor, a sow for Freya, a boar for Freyr), then dipping a bundle of fir twigs into it and waving the bundle in the form of the "hammer-sign" to spatter the participants with the blood. This would consecrate the attendees to the ceremony, such as a wedding.

Like Judeo-Christian and other traditions, the Norse religion vested great spiritual significance in blood; one legend speaks of a horgr built to Freya by Ottar, and when it was "reddened" with blood, she burned the stones to glass.

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