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Note to Edáð Banddr 8I

[7] allar sýslur ‘all districts’: Finnur Jónsson (in Hkr 1893-1901, IV and Skj B), takes this as a specific reference to Aðalsýsla and Eysýsla, following Hkr (see Context to st. 7), and hence understands allr as ‘the whole of’, comparing Lat. totus. But it is possible that the identification of two specific sýslur represents a later rationalisation in Hkr (ÍF 26; cf. Fidjestøl 1982, 113) and that Eiríkr should be envisaged as raiding the districts of Estonia on a more extensive basis. Aðalsýsla is understood as Co(u)rland (Latvian Kurzeme), the peninsula to the west of the Gulf of Riga, by CPB (II, 52).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Skj B = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1912-15b. Den norsk-islandske skjaldedigtning. B: Rettet tekst. 2 vols. Copenhagen: Villadsen & Christensen. Rpt. 1973. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger.
  3. Fidjestøl, Bjarne. 1982. Det norrøne fyrstediktet. Universitet i Bergen Nordisk institutts skriftserie 11. Øvre Ervik: Alvheim & Eide.
  4. CPB = Gudbrand Vigfusson [Guðbrandur Vigfússon] and F. York Powell, eds. 1883. Corpus poeticum boreale: The Poetry of the Old Northern Tongue from the Earliest Times to the Thirteenth Century. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon. Rpt. 1965, New York: Russell & Russell.
  5. ÍF 26-8 = Heimskringla. Ed. Bjarni Aðalbjarnarson. 1941-51.
  6. Hkr 1893-1901 = Finnur Jónsson, ed. 1893-1901. Heimskringla: Nóregs konunga sǫgur af Snorri Sturluson. 4 vols. SUGNL 23. Copenhagen: Møller.
  7. Internal references
  8. Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘Heimskringla (Hkr)’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols [check printed volume for citation].

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