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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 3. Runhent poem about Haraldr, 1 [Vol. 2, 103-5]

[7] Læsum ‘Læsir’: LP cites only this instance of the ethnic name, and translates ‘Ljacherne’. ÍF 28 explains that this is a version of an ancient name of the Poles, and cites the Nestorian Chronicle, which records a punitive raid on the Læsir undertaken by Jaroslav and Mstislav in 1031. Hkr 1991 explains the Læsir as a Polish tribe by the Visla (Wisla) river, here standing for Poles in general.


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