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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (SnE) 12III/2 — skriðnu ‘traversed on ski’

Erum á leið frá láði
liðnir Finnum skriðnu;
austr sék fjǫll af flausta
ferli geisla merluð.

Erum liðnir á leið frá láði skriðnu Finnum; af ferli flausta sék fjǫll austr merluð geisla.

We have set out to sea from the land traversed on ski by the Saami; from the path of ships [SEA] I see mountains in the east illuminated by a beam of light.


[2] skriðnu: skriðnum C


[1, 2] frá láði skriðnu Finnum ‘from the land traversed on ski by the Saami’: This must be Finnmark (ON Finnmǫrk), a region of Norway inhabited by the Saami. The verb skríða (p. p. skriðinn) means ‘to ski, glide’, and in his preface to Gesta Danorum Saxo refers to the Saami as skritfinni lit. ‘skiing-Saami’ (Saxo 2005, I, 2, 9, pp. 82-3). On the Saami and skiing, see also Note to Keth Lv 3/4VIII (Ket 5).



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