The Aesthetic and Miscellaneous Works of Frederick Von Schiegel
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...voyages between Ireland and Scotland are of course described, together with the adventures of the sea-kings and heroes of Jutland and Denmark upon those coasts, and the islands intervening. All the local indications in the poem seem, however, to correspond with Norway rather than Jutland. Lochlin itself is described as a woody, mountainous country, covered with continual snow, more rugged, wild, and barren than even the north-western shore of Scotland. But the circumstance that the Orkney and Shetland Isles are said in the poem to be tributary to the king of Lochlin, is even more decisive. It leads directly to the certain epoch of Harold Harfagre's reign. This powerful sovereign, first formed Norway into a kingdom, and after having brought it completely into subjection, extended his conquests so widely on every side that the dominion thus founded in the distant north, though little known or regarded by the rest of Europe, might almost have rivalled that of France formed by Charlemagne, his predecessors and successors. Iceland, the distant Iceland or Thule, so often sung by bards and historians, the chief seat of northern poetic art, was peopled, or at least repopulated by the Normans fleeing before the establishment of monarchy in France, who probably in some of their more distant expeditions even reached the continent of America, and certainly occupied the islands lying between Jutland and the western coast of Norway, and occasionally made inroads into that country. The mighty sovereign of Lochlin, consequently, abandoned his own dominions in order to pursue the marauders into the adjacent islands, discover their lurking places, and make himself master of the islands themselves. Difficulties must necessarily arise in fixing, with historical...
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