Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Arnórr jarlaskáld Þórðarson, 4. Þorfinnsdrápa, 20 [Vol. 2, 253-4]

[8] Rauðabjǫrgum ‘Rauðabjǫrg’: Lit. ‘red (iron ore?) rocks’, probably Ruberry or Roberry on the east coast of Hoy, Orkney. Both the geographical situation and phonetic form of Roberry are compatible with the Rauðabjǫrg of the st. and the saga, especially if Roberry derives from Rauðabergi, locative sg. of Rauðaberg, a by-form of Rauðabjǫrg (see Taylor 1931, 43-4 for discussion of alternative locations).


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