More on the Sigrblót

Foreword

The main problem of dating the Sigrblót is that the precise date is not attested in any sagas, it is only vaguely say that it is in summer, so many people celebrate it on the Sumarmál, the veizla (party) of summer’s beginning; which is in the night between the 14 and 15 April, and no one can debate on this, because it is one of the mainly heathen festivity still alive today as Sommermål (Norwegian translation of Old Norse Sumarmál) in Norway. 

Citations in the sagas 

The first source which talsk about Sigrblót is the Ynglinglar’s Saga, chatper 8, in the Heimsrkingla by Snorri Sturluson, and it is vague, because it says only “in summer”: 

« Þá skyldi blóta í móti vetri til árs, en at miðjum vetri blóta til gróðrar, hit þriðja at sumri, þat var sigrblót. »

« It was held a blót for the year at winter’s begin, and there was another one in the midle of the winter to survive it, the third was in summer, and it was the Sigrblót. »

The second source which talks about Sigrblót is the Óláfr Haraldsson’s Saga, when the lif of Asbjørn Selsbane is narrated, also in the Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson, and it is similar to the Ynglingar’s Saga because it says only “in summer”:

« Hann var því vanur meðan heiðni var að hafa þrjú blót hvern vetur, eitt að veturnóttum, annað að miðjum vetri, þriðja að sumri. » (Ólafs saga helga, 117, in islandese)

« Until heathenism prevailed he used to held three blót every year [winter, but it means “year”], one at the winter’s begin, on in the middle of the winter, the third in summer. »

Of course these three blótar ar the Vetrablót (beginning of winter and year; 14/15 October), the Jólablót (middle winter; 13/14 January) and the Sigrblót (summer). 

Conclusions 

In all the written sources is never specified the real date of the Sigrblót, so, we have to do some remarks which can help us to understand why the Sigrblót is celebrated the 14/15 July in the Forn Siðr and not the 14/15 April as Ásatrú or other neopaganism religion do. 

1) If the Sigrblót is on 14/15 April, sure someone could have noted that it is near the Sumarmál, the summer’s begin. In facts, whenever is written or told about the Vetrablót it is always noted that it is coincident with the year’s begin and with the Hǫkunott, the first of the vetranættir, the winter nights. Instead, no one has never wrote or told about Sigrblót and Sumarmál together.

2) If the Sigrblót is at the summer’s begin, Snorri probably had to wrote “at the begin” of summer, instead he preferred for at least two times “in summer”. And this is strange, because Snorri Sturluson was a real precise person, as one can see from his other works. Enough, as it is not a proof that Sigrblót is in July, it is also not a proof that it is in April indeed.

3) If the Sigrblót is at the summer’s begin, the Sumarmál couldn’t have survived as the main heathen festivity near that days, because the Sigrblót is a real important blót: it is dedicated to Óðinn, God of the Victory (among his other qualities), and until 1945 the whole Europe was always on the edge of a war, so the victory and peace was really important. Christianity should replace Óðinn with one of its saint, maybe invented as a saint of victory and peace, as did with other festivities, and not delete completly it. 

The forn siðar, following the unbroken lore, celebreate it on the 14/15 July, in the middle of the summer (Miðsumri), as also is confirmed by the Norwegian tradition, which date it in the middle of the summer’s begin (Sumarmál) and the winter’s begin (Hǫkunott), at the end of the sólmánuðr and beginning of heyannir, which is the night between 14 an 15 July in the Gregorian calendar.

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