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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. Þjóðólfr Arnórsson, 4. Sexstefja, 2 [Vol. 2, 113-14]

[2] á Serklandi ‘in the land of the Saracens (Serkland)’: Serkland is somewhat elusive, but has been equated with Asia Minor, where the Væringjar (mainly Norse mercenaries) are known to have fought in the mid-1030s (Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson, ÍF 28, 75 n.); if this is correct the reference to Africa in the prose Context may be erroneous, influenced by st. 3. The eds of Hkr 1991 (III, 261, 491), on the other hand, place Serkland in North Africa. See also Þfisk Lv 3/5 and Þstf Lv 3/6.


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