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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 7. Flokkr about Erlingr Skjálgsson, 7 [Vol. 1, 639]

[7, 8] bornir frændr ‘those born as kinsmen’: Lit., ‘born kinsmen’. Skjálgr, father of Erlingr, and Áskell, father of Áslákr Fitjaskalli ‘Fitjar-Baldhead’, were paternal cousins. Snorri (ÍF 27, 192-3) relates that the conflict between their sons arose when King Óláfr gave Áslákr some authority in Sunn-Hǫrðaland (Sunnhordaland) to counter Erlingr’s power, though an uneasy truce, apparently to Erlingr’s advantage, was achieved.


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