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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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8. Friðþjófs saga ins frœkna 36 (Friðþjófr Þorsteinsson, Lausavísur, 30) — Friðþjófr [Vol. 8, 234]

[16] með saltkörlum ‘with salt burners’: In early Norway and Iceland, salt was often produced by boiling seawater or burning seaweed on the seashore (Foote and Wilson 1980, 164; Buckland 2008, 599-600). See also Anon (HSig) 4/1-4II for another reference in Old Norse poetry to the activity of burning seaweed to obtain salt.


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