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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to ESk Run 8II

[3] Skǫrpusker ‘the Farne Islands’: Skǫrpusker can be lit. translated as ‘the sharp skerries’ and the p. n. is also found in Anon Krm 6/5VIII. These islands have been identified as the Farne Islands, two of which are still known as Little Scarcar and Big Scarcar. They are located off the coast of Northumbria (see Townend 1998, 69-70 and A. Taylor 1965, 132-3).


  1. Bibliography
  2. Taylor, A. B. 1965. ‘Eysteinn Haraldsson in the West, c. 1151: Oral Traditions and Written Record’. In Small 1965, 119-34.
  3. Townend, Matthew. 1998. English Place-Names in Skaldic Verse. English Place-Name Society extra ser. 1. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.
  4. Internal references
  5. Rory McTurk (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Poems, Krákumál 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 728.


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