Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi

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Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi Thorkelsson (Old Norse: Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði Þorkelsson) (born ca. 940) was a lawspeaker in Iceland's Althing from 985 to 1001.

In the year 999 or 1000, Iceland's legislative assembly was debating which religion they should practice: Norse paganism or Christianity. Thorgeir, himself a pagan priest and chieftain (a gothi), decided in favour of Christianity after a day and a night of silent meditation under a fur blanket, thus averting potentially disastrous civil conflict. Under the compromise, pagans could still practice their religion in private and several of the old customs were retained. After his decision, Thorgeir himself converted to Christianity. Thorgeir's story is preserved in Ari Thorgilsson's Íslendingabók.[1]


  1. ^ "Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi - Conversion to Christianity". The Saga Museum. Retrieved October 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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