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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Sturl Hryn 21II

[3-4] þjóðum þaðra líka haukar þínir ‘the people there like your hawks’: Hákon had previously sent falcons to King Henry III of England (Helle 1968, 106). Falcons were used for hunting and were exported from Greenland, Iceland and Norway at a high price or sent as presents to foreign monarchs. As Kock pointed out, this can be construed with alt með jaðri Blálands ‘all the way along the coast of Africa’ (l. 4) (NN §3150).


  1. Bibliography
  2. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. Helle, Knut. 1968. ‘Anglo-Norwegian Relations in the Reign of Håkon Håkonsson (1217-63)’. MS 1, 101-14.


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