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blót (plural blóts)

  1. A Norse ceremonial offering.
    • 2002, Peter Shenk, Horse Burial in Scandinavia during the Viking Age, University of Oslo, page 17.
      The [blót] was reciprocal. People gave [gifts] so that the [æsir, alfar, or other vættir] would give back gifts.
    • 2001, John Lindow, Handbook of Norse Mythology, ABC-CLIO, page 35
      These show us the importance of verbal activity at a blót, specifically verbal activity aimed at producing a result, presumably by means of intervention by the deities.
    • 2005, Galina Krasskova, Exploring the Northern Tradition: A Guide to the Gods, Lore, Rites, and Celebrations from the Norse, German, and Anglo-Saxon Traditions, Career Press, page 151
      In the past, before Christianity spread across Europe, the average blót would generally have involved some sort of animal sacrifice.
    • 2006, Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert, Catharina Raudvere, Old Norse Religion in Long-term Perspectives: Origins, Changes, and Interactions : an International Conference in Lund, Sweden, June 3-7, 2004, Nordic Academic Press, page 75
      He soon comes back to land, makes a largely undescribed blót sacrifice to Óðinn, and receives confirmation of his god's approval in the flight of two cawing ravens.
  2. A modern reinvention of the Norse ceremonial offering.
    • 2009,, The Ásatrú Edda: Sacred Lore of the North, The Norroena Society, page 5
      Do you know how to blót? / Do you know how to slaughter?


Old NorseEdit


From Proto-Germanic *blōtą (offering, sacrifice). Cognate with Old English blōt and possibly the first part of Old High German bluozhūs (heathen temple).
Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlād- (to offer, sacrifice).


  • (12th century Icelandic) IPA(key): /ˈbloːt/


blót n (genitive blóts, plural blót)

  1. (Heathenry, especially in the plural) offering.
    • Kristni saga 11, in 1858, J. Sigurðsson, G. Vigfússon, Biskupa sögur, Volume I. Copenhagen, page 20:
      [] fyri norðan, þar voru áðr blót ok hörgar.
      [] to the north, there were up to now offerings and personal shrines.
  2. (Heathenry) sharing the food of an offering in a ceremony, feast.
    • Separate Saga of St. Olaf 96, in 1853, P. A. Munch, C. R. Unger, Saga Olafs konungs ens Helga. Copenhagen, page 104:
      En þat er siðr þeirra at hafa blot a havst oc fagna þa vetri, []
      But it is a custom for them to have a feast at fall and celebrate the winter, []
  3. (Heathenry) offering site, a place to make offerings
    • Borgarthings-Christenret 24, in 1846, E. Hertzberg, Norges gamle love indtil 1387, Volume I. Christiania, page 383:
      Engi maðr ſkal hafa i huſi ſinu ſtaf eða ſtalla, vit eða blot, []
      No man shall have in his house a staff or an altar, a charm or an offering site, []
  4. cursing, an offering for the purpose of seeking vengeance against an other
    • Sturlunga saga, chapter IV, 50, in 1817, Þ. E. Rangel, Sturlunga-Saga edr Íslendínga-Saga hin mikla, Volume I. Copenhagen, page 101:
      [] snéri hann til dura ok sá fimm menn úti, heyrdi hann þá blot, []
      [] he turned to the doors and saw there five men, and then heard cursing, []


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  • blót in An Icelandic-English Dictionary, R. Cleasby and G. Vigfússon, Clarendon Press, 1874, at Internet Archive.
  • blót in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.