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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 10. Knútsdrápa, 6 [Vol. 1, 657]

[6] Skáney ‘Skåne’: The prose Context cited above uses the alternative form Skáni. The sequence of events is uncertain but seems to have been as follows: Óláfr and Ǫnundr raided Sjáland/Selund (Zealand), then, prevented by Knútr’s military defences there and possibly deterred by the news that he was on his way with a great fleet, withdrew to Skáney (Skåne, also Danish territory) and raided there. Knútr pursued them to Á in helga (Helgeå in the east of Skåne, sts 7-9), where the two sides met in battle; see Note to Ótt Knútdr 11/3.


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