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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 33. Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa, 6 [Vol. 1, 464]

[5] brauzt Aldeigju ‘you crushed Staraya Ladoga’: Established over a century before by the Kievan Rus’, this settlement was a principal stronghold and trading and artisanal centre on the route to the Black Sea, situated strategically near the point where the River Volchov enters Lake Ladoga, east of the Gulf of Finland (Westholm 2009, 132). The ON p. n. Aldeigja derives from Russian Ladogá (AEW: Aldeigja).


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