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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Nefari, Lausavísa, 1 [Vol. 2, 645-6]

[1] Birkibeinum ‘the Birkibeinar’: The Birkibeinar ‘Birch-legs’ were the followers of Sverrir Sigurðarson. They were the former supporters of Eysteinn meyla ‘Little Girl’ Eysteinsson (d. 1177), and they received their name because they were initially so poor that they wrapped their feet in bark for want of shoes (see ÍF 28, 411).


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