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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þorbjǫrn skakkaskáld, Erlingsdrápa, 1 [Vol. 2, 631-4]

[All]: The event is also described in Orkn (ÍF 34, 223-8; see also Rv Lv 24-6). Both prose texts identify the ship as a drómundr ‘dromon’, a Byzantine warship or merchantman (so also Rv Lv 24-6). However, the episode as related in the Norse sources shows that the ship under attack cannot have been a dromon; rather it must have been a large sailing ship (see Pryor and Jeffreys 2006, 411-18).


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