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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Anonymous Þulur, 60. Eyja heiti, 6 [Vol. 3, 980]

[4] Sæla ‘Selja’: The same as Selja (see Note to st. 2/1). The name is also given in the form Sæla in Óláfs saga helga (ÓHHkr ch. 29, ÍF 27, 36). According to the saga account, this was an island located út frá Staði ‘off the promontory of Stad’, where Óláfr Haraldsson first put ashore when he returned to Norway. Because the literal meaning of this name is ‘luck’, the king believed it was a good omen.


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