After Odin had gone into exile, one Mithotyn, who was famous for his juggling tricks, seized the opportunity of feigning to be a god and led the people to pay holy observances to his name. He said that "the wrath of the gods could never be appeased nor the outrage to their deity expiated by mixed and indiscriminate sacrifices, and therefore forbade that prayers for this end should be put up without distinction, appointing to each of those above his especial drink-offering."

When Odin returned, Mithotyn fled to Finland to hide himself, but was there attacked and killed by the inhabitants. However, even in death he caused problems, for those who came near his barrow were cut off by a kind of sudden death. The inhabitants took his corpse out of the mount, decapitated it, and impaled it through the chest with a stake, whereupon the troubles ended.



  • Saxo Grammaticus. Gesta Danorum, 1.