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Note to ÞjóðA Sex 2II

[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.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  3. Hkr 1991 = Bergljót S. Kristjánsdóttir et al., eds. 1991. Heimskringla. 3 vols. Reykjavík: Mál og menning.
  4. Internal references
  5. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þorgils fiskimaðr, Lausavísur 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 335-6.
  6. Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2009, ‘Þórarinn stuttfeldr, Lausavísur 3’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 481.

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