Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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1. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson, 1. Víkingarvísur, 5 [Vol. 1, 540]

[3, 4] hári Kinnlimasíðu ‘high Kinnlimasíða’: This is usually explained as Kennemerland, a coastal district in North Holland, with steep sand-dunes (Samplonius 1998, 93). Despite this, it is hard to imagine any Norwegian or Icelander describing anything in the Netherlands as ‘high’, or depicting the local army riding ‘down’ to the ships (l. 6). There are also philological difficulties; for further discussion, see Jesch (2001a, 82-3).


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