The settlement of Dalasřsla


It was generally men who claimed land, but some female settles are known from the Sagas and other sources. Undoubtedly the greatest of them was Au­ the Deepminded, who arrived from Norway afther many years in Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands, claimed what is now Dalasřsla and later shared out the land there among her family and friends and even here freed slaves, many places in Dalasřsla still be bear the name given to them by the first settlers: Geirmundur Hell-skin lived at Skar­, Steinˇlfur the short in Fagridalur, and Ëlaf Belly and Gils Ship-nose at SaurbŠr.






















Au­ur the Deep-minded
Most of the Dales was claimed by Au­ the Deep- minded. Firm but compassionate, she was the matriarch of a leading family in the Saga Age, whose fates are traced in the Sagas of the People of Laxßrdal. One of her descendants was Thorfinnur Karlsefni, who explored America for three years and tried to establish a Viking settlement there.




















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