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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 33. Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa, 8 [Vol. 1, 467]

[7] allar sýslur ‘all districts’: Finnur Jónsson (in Hkr 1893-1901, IV and Skj B), takes this as a specific reference to Aðalsýsla and Eysýsla, following Hkr (see Context to st. 7), and hence understands allr as ‘the whole of’, comparing Lat. totus. But it is possible that the identification of two specific sýslur represents a later rationalisation in Hkr (ÍF 26; cf. Fidjestøl 1982, 113) and that Eiríkr should be envisaged as raiding the districts of Estonia on a more extensive basis. Aðalsýsla is understood as Co(u)rland (Latvian Kurzeme), the peninsula to the west of the Gulf of Riga, by CPB (II, 52).


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