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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 23 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur, 18) — Friðþjófr [Vol. 8, 220]

[4] eyjarskeggjar ‘island-beards’: A pejorative term, found also in Heiðr 19/4 and Ǫrv 106/6, in the latter case also about men from Orkney, apparently reflecting a mainland Scandinavian view that island-dwellers were rough and hairy. A political faction in Norway c. 1093 that rebelled against King Sverrir was called Eyjarskeggjar. This group came from Orkney and the Hebrides and attempted to install Sigurðr, the young alleged son of Magnús Erlingsson, on the throne of Norway (see Sv chs 119-20, ÍF 30, 180-6).


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