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1 SAGA-BOOK VOL. XVII VIKING SOCIETY FOR NORTHERN RESEARCH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

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3 SAGA-BOOK OF THE VIKING SOCIETY Vol. XVII CO N T E N TS ART I C L E SAN D )l 0 T E S PAGE AN ORKNEY SCHOLAR: HUGH MARWICK Bruce Dickins.. I KORMAKR THE POET AND HIS VERSES. Einar 61. Sve in sso n 18 WHELTER. A. H. S m it h 61 THE VINLAND MAP: I. A VIKING MAP OF THE WEST? D. B. Quinn 63 II. ON THE ViNLAND LEGENDS ON THE VINLAND MAP. P. G. Foote 73 PROFESSOR A. H. SMITH P. G. F. 99 THE VIKING SOCIETY J. A. B. Townsend 102 THE NORSEMEN IN S T KILDA. A. B. Taylor II6 THE DISTRIBUTION OF S ETTLE ME NT IN SHETLAND AND FAROE IN VIKING TIMES. Alan Small 145 THE EARLDOM OF ORKNEY AND LORDSHIP OF SHETLAND: A REINTERPRETATION OF THEIR PLEDGING TO SCOTLAND IN Barbara E. Crawford 156 ASPECTS OF LIFE IN ICELAND IN THE HEATHEN PERIOD. Jon Steffensen 177 THE STORY OF JETTERNISSTAPI IN GA UTREKS SAGA. James Milroy BRUNHILD AND SIEGFRIED. R. G. Finch 224 NOTES: I. ON THE VfNLAND LEGEND OF THE VIN- LA ND l}[ A P. Gillian Fellows J ensen 261 II. PREPOSITION OF IN A MANUSCRIPT OF SVARFDJELA S AGA. Peter Foote 261 LANDNAMABOK. Jakob Benediktsson 275

4 PAGE BJQRN AT HAUGI. Jon j ohannessou. Translated by G. Turville-Petre 293 BEOWULF AND RAGNARQK. Ursula Dronke 302 THE METRE OF ICELANDIC COURT POETRY. Joan Turville-Petre 326 REVIEWS VIKINGART. By David M. Wilson and Ole Klindt- Jensen. (A. L. Binns) 90 THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS, ENGLAND, AND EUROPE By Sten Korner. (Peter King) 93 KING HARALD'S SAGA. Translated by Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Palsson. (Michael Barnes) 95 BRAND. By Henrik Ibsen. Translated with an introduction by G. M. Gathorne-Hardy (Ronald G. Popperwell) 96 THREE VIKING GRAVES IN THE ISLE OF MAN. By Gerhard Bersu and David M. Wilson. (Peter S. Gelling) 264 OLD NORSE-IcELANDIC STUDIES: A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY. Compiled by Hans Bekker- Nielsen. (A. R. Taylor) 265 ALTNORDISCHES ELEMENTARBUCH. By Friedrich Ranke, revised by Dietrich Hofmann. (Michael Barnes) 266 SVARFDJELA SAGA. Edited by Jonas Kristjansson. (Richard Perkins) 268 EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE VIKING AGE. By Jacqueline Simpson. (Richard Perkins) 269 THE N ORTHMEN TALK. A choice of tales from Iceland translated by Jacqueline Simpson. Foreword by Eric Linklater. (John Porter) 270 GAUTREKS SAGA AND OTHER MEDIEVAL TALES. Translated by Hermann Palsson and Paul Edwards. (Michael Barnes).. 272

5 PAGE DANISH BALLADS AND FOLK SONGS. Edited by Erik Dal. Translated by Henry Meyer. (W. Glyn Jones) MEDIAEVAL SCANDINAVIA 1. Managing editor, Hans Bekker-Nielsen. (Anthony Faulkes) 352 NORR0NE GUDE- OG HELTESAGN. By P. A. Munch. Revidert utgave ved Anne Holtsmark. (Anthony Faulkes) 354 SCANDINAVIAN PERSONAL NAMES IN LINCOLN- SHIRE AND YORKSHIRE. By Gillian Fellows Jensen. (John McNeal Dodgson) 356 EIN F0ROVSK BVGD. By Poul Petersen. (John F. West) 360

6 H UGH ~[ AR\\'IC K T he portrai t, reproduced by cour tesy of Mr H. G. MacKerran, B.Sc., Rector of Kirkwall Gr ammar School, is from a painting by Mr Stanley Cursit er, R.S.A.; the photogr aph from which it is taken was ki nd ly lent by Mr J ohn Fraser, wh o succeeded Marwick as Di rector of E d uca tion. Ma rwick appears much grimmer th an I rem em ber, but I never sa w him with the eyes of a peccant schoolboy, or of a t each er in the presence of the D irector of Education.

7 AN ORKNEY SCHOLAR : HUGH MARWICK By BRUCE DICKINS MANY of us who graduated in the days when "poor scholars" really were poor had hard work to reach the university and harder still to keep alive and fit when we got there. Few can have encountered such difficulties, or have so triumphantly surmounted them, as Hugh Marwick, perhaps the most distinguished scholar Orkney has ever produced, certainly the most notable of our time on the arts side. I do not forget Joseph Storer Clouston who wrote the standard history of Orkney, but he was a novelist before he commenced scholar and imagination was his strong suit. The surname Marwick is typical of Orkney; it comes from an inlet on the west coast of the Mainland. Those of us who remember the Kaiser's war are familiar with the name, for it was off Marwick Head that the cruiser taking Kitchener to Russia was mined with the loss of all but a very few ratings. Hugh Marwick was the son of another Hugh who had gone to sea as a ship's carpenter before settling down as a crofter at Goodhall in the east of Rousay, 'Hr6lf's island'. Rousay, which is separated from the North Mainland by a wide channel, is full of interesting sites; in the inventory of Ancient and Historical Monuments it occupies fifty pages of the Orkney volume. Hugh Marwick II was born there on 30 November 1881 and went to the island school. There was no future in crafting on the island, so to continue his education he became a pupil-teacher in the school, hoping ultimately to achieve a certificate. He was, in 1900, a candidate for a place in the Free Church Training Centre in Aberdeen. When the list of successful

8 z Saga-Book of the Viking Society candidates was published his name did not appear; he had just missed his chance. Luckily for himself - and for scholarship - someone fell out at the last moment and he was offered the vacant place. He spent the two years at the Training Centre and was then appointed to the primary school at Newbattle, near Dalkeith, in Midlothian. As he had had no secondaryschool education he gave his evenings to study, of mathematics in particular, and passed the Preliminary Examination that gave him entrance to the university. He saved. 30 a year from his salary of. 100 incidentally the stipend of a Scots university assistant at the time - and by 1905 felt he could afford to throw up primary-school work and enter a degree course. Before matriculating in the University of Edinburgh he wrote to the Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, then George Saintsbury, asking if it were possible to complete the English Honours Course in three, instead of the usual four, years. Saintsbury replied, at some length, that on paper it might be done but that it would be most unwise to attempt it. Fees were of course very low, and in any case were paid by the Carnegie Trust for any Scot who applied, and few Scots, however well-to-do their parents, refrained from applying. The cost of living was also low in Scotland, and, by sharing a big room with two other Orkneymen (who both did extremely well in academic life), he was able to live, not too uncomfortably, on 16/- a week. I should explain-what hurdles a candidate had in those days to surmount before being accepted for Honours in English - passes in the Ordinary Degree Examination in British History, in a classical language, in a philosophy and in a science. In his first year Marwick passed, without distinction, in British History and in Latin. In he was acclimatised to university work and obtained First-Class certificates in the Ordinary Classes of English Literature (in which he was znd Medallist),

9 An Orkney Scholar: Hugh Marwick of Logic and Metaphysics, and of Natural Philosophy and Practical Physics. These were taken before Easter, and in the Summer Term Marwick was znd equal in the English Honours Class. In he had another First in the English Honours Class and had then completed all that was necessary for entry to the Final Honours Examination. In 'the Physics Class he had gained two small scholarships that between them added : 75 to the : 100 he had saved, but neither his pocket nor his health would stand a fourth year in Edinburgh. He remained, therefore, in Orkney, helped by the loan of books and lecture notes and by stimulating letters from Gordon Hislop, a more fortunate contemporary in the English school. He returned to Edinburgh for the Final Honours Examination and, in spite of everything, was one of three candidates placed in the First Class. He obtained at once a better post as Chief English Master in the Grammar School at Burnley, Lancashire, where he met his wife Jane Barritt, whom he married in He had just been appointed headmaster of the Burgh (now styled the Grammar) School in Kirkwall, the chief secondary school in Orkney. Before he took over the post the Kaiser's war broke out and for civilians Orkney was like a beleaguered city. For Marwick himself there were compensations; many interesting people were stationed at the naval base on Scapa Flow. His wife did not enjoy it so much; she had a very difficult confinement far from her kinsfolk and friends, and was never really fit again. Their only child, a third Hugh, met his death by accident when still a boy. Marwick took over the school from a headmaster of the older type and was at first depressed because his results were not nearly so good as those of his predecessor, who had little use for educational theory and was reputed to have applied the tawse freely to boys and girls alike. The milder methods used by Marwick were in time successful, and he sent some excellent pupils to the

10 4 Saga-Book of the Viking Society university; one of them who was in Edinburgh in my time gained his D.Litt. for work on the Orkneyinga Saga and is now high in the Civil Service. After fifteen years as a headmaster, during which he took his Edinburgh D.Litt., Marwick was appointed Executive Officer to the Orkney Education Committee, that is Director of Education for the County. This gave him the chance of acquainting himself with every part and every aspect of the island group. Of this he made good! use in his volume on Orkney in the series of County Books; few books in that series display such scholarly insight wedded to local knowledge. For his services to education in Orkney he was admitted Companion of the Order of the British Empire in I938. He retired at the age of sixty-five in I946, having seen through a second great war in Orkney. He did not lack honour in his own country, for in I936 he was appointed Honorary Sheriff-Substitute of Orkney and received the Freedom of Kirkwall in I954. No one had deserved better of the county of his birth or of the city in which he had lived for more than forty years. His notable contributions to the archaeology, history, dialect and placenames of Orkney were recognised by the University of Aberdeen which conferred on him an Honorary LL.D. in I956. They were recognised in Scandinavia too, by the Knighthood of the Norwegian Order of St Olaf in I946, by the Han. D.Phil. of the University of Bergen in I964, and by his election as a Corresponding Member of Norwegian and Swedish learned societies. Till the last few years he was reasonably fit, but his wife's growing infirmity laid on him burdens hard for a man in his eighties to bear. The last letter. I had from him, early in I965, was in a trembling hand, quite unlike the small neat characters of earlier days, and I felt that the end could not be far off. But his election as an Honorary Life Member of this society gave him great pleasure in the last weeks of his life. The end came on 2I May 1965,

11 An Orkney Scholar: Hugh Marwick a few days after he had suffered a stroke. He received a civic funeral in St Magnus' Cathedral, Kirkwall, at which his old pupil the Rev. Harald L. Mooney, Minister of Deerness, paid a striking tribute to his influence in school, city and county. An excellent memoir by R[obert] R[endall] was published in The Orcadian of 27 May. * * * The biographical detail thus disposed of, I can deal with Marwick's contribution to scholarship. He was in many ways fortunate that after the Kaiser's war there were in Orkney men of standing who had a keen interest in the history of the islands. The oldest of these was Archdeacon James Brown Craven ( ); he was not an Orkneyman by birth but had been rector of the Episcopal Church of St Olaf in Kirkwall from 1876 till his retirement in He had given his life to the history of the northern and western dioceses of Scotland, in particular to the struggles of the Episcopalian Church after the establishment of Presbytery in r689. The best-known of his works is the four-volume History of the Church in Orkney ( ), but he has to his name twenty-three separate publications, mostly printed in Kirkwall. For a complete list of them one must go to Crockford for 1923, for not one of the copyright libraries has a full set. The National Library of Scotland has eighteen, the British Museum ten and the Cambridge University six. Craven had no degree till the University of Aberdeen gave him an Honorary D.D. The second was Joseph Storer Clouston ( ), already known as the author of several popular novels, notably The Lunatic at Large and The Spy in Black. He was a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, who had edited Records of the Earldom. of Orkney (Scottish Historical Society 1914) and was to reprint, with con-

12 6 Saga-Book of the Viking Society siderable additions, The Statistical Account of Orkney I79S-8 as The Orkney Parishes (Kirkwall 1927). His standard History of Orkney was published in Kirkwall in A third was John Mooney ( ), a Kirkwall business man who had started life as a poor boy with the sketchiest of educations but had by this time made himself a very competent historian. He had published little so far, but will be remembered as the author of Eynhallow : the holy island of the Orkneys (Kirkwall 1923 and 1949), St Magnus, Earl of Orkney (Kirkwall 1935), The Cathedral and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall (Kirkwall 1943 and 1947), and Charters and Other Records of the City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall, with the Treaty of I468 between Denmark and Scotland (Kirkwall 1950 and Aberdeen 1952). A fourth one should! mention was John Fraser who was prominent in public life in Orkney. These four, as well as Marwick, were among those who founded the Orkney Antiquarian Society in 1922, with Archdeacon Craven as President and Marwick as Secretary. Craven had not much longer to live but Marwick held the secretaryship for a dozen years, contributing papers on every aspect of archaeology, history and place-names in Orkney. Marwick, Clouston, Mooney and Fraser were the mainstay of the Society. Clouston's contributions were chiefly on history and heraldry, Mooney's on ecclesiastical and municipal history, Fraser's on the antiquities of various parishes in Orkney. I was one of the very few contributors from the adjacent island of Great Britain. Fifteen volumes of Proceedings were issued, the last in The Society was in abeyance during Hitler's war and was not revived. In its place an Orkney Miscellany, to which Marwick contributed papers on family history, was started in Of this, four volumes were published, the latest in 1957, and nothing more has so far appeared. I hope I may be forgiven if I explain here how I came

13 An Orkney Scholar: Hugh Marwick to know Hugh Marwick and to form a lifelong friendship with him. I had heard of him from Gordon Hislop, his contemporary in English Honours in Edinburgh and a colleague of mine in that University from 1920 till his too early death in Soon after, in the Long Vacation of 1921, Professor G. Baldwin Brown and I had planned a runological tour in the north of Scotland, and were told that Marwick had discovered a new inscription in the ruined chapel (dedicated to St Come or to St Peter) on the Brough of Birsay; this is a tidal island 250 yards off the north-west corner of the Mainland of Orkney. When we reached Orkney to begin our work on the twelfth-century inscriptions in Maeshowe Marwick was away from Kirkwall, but we were able to examine the stone in his house and were later told the full story of its discovery. The Burgh School had had a holiday for Empire Day and Marwick had taken his son, aged six, on a trip to Birsay. The tide being out, he crossed to the island and was poking in the ruins of the chapel when he noticed that one of the stones was inscribed, doubly inscribed in fact, and clearly in runic characters. There was little time to spare before the tide came in and he did not know how long it would be before he could pay another visit to the Brough. His mind was quickly made up. Wi'h the boy under one arm and the inscription (of sandstone, 2 feet 10 in length, six inches in breadth and four inches thick) under the other, he made his way back to the Mainland, leaping from knife-edge to knife-edge of rock all slimy with seaweed. I have made the passage unencumbered and am sure that he was lucky to escape a fall that would have been dangerous to him and to his burden. When he returned to Kirkwall he got post facto permission to remove the stone, which is now, by the gift of the owner, in the National Museum, Queen Street, Edinburgh. Of the two inscriptions one is so worn that only a letter or two can be read, the other is perfectly legible as Norse

14 8 Saga-Book of the Viking Society characters of the sixteen-letter fufiprk. Marwick could make no sense of it, nor could I till I remembered that there were a few personal names in Old Norse of Latin origin and ending in -us, notably Magnus and Markus. Among these is Philippus. The first seven characters were therefore a personal name, 'filibus', that is Philippiis, followed by the abbreviated formula 'rse[ist] ru[nar]'. The interpretation was "Philippus carved [these] runes". Marwick announced the discovery in a letter to The Scotsman and published it in greater detail, with a reproduction, in The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, LVI, 67-71, the first of his papers to appear in a learned periodical. Marwick had of course been at work for many years collecting material for a dictionary of the Orkney dialect, especially those words that were certainly or possibly of Norse origin. He had taught himself the elements of Old Norse, for when he was an Edinburgh undergraduate there was no teaching of the language in any of the Scots universities. That is not surprising when one remembers that the staff of the English Department was limited to two, Professor Saintsbury and one lecturer. It had risen to four when I went to Edinburgh in 1919, and Old Norse was put on, at first as a voluntary class, in the early 'twenties. Marwick had, however, met and been stimulated by the distinguished Faroese scholar Jakob Jakobsen ( ), who had visited Orkney in 1909, 1910 and 1912 and had published a paper on Orkney in the Festskrift til H. F. Feilberg (IgII), Jakobsen's first love was for the language, literature and history of his native islands. Much of what he published was in Faroese or, at most convenient, in Danish For example, he edited Provost V. U. Hammershaimb's Faroese anthology ( ) and a collection of Faroese folk- and fairy-tales (I8g8-IgOI), and brought together the first and only volume of Diplomatarium. Fceroense (T6rshavn and Kebenhavn 1907). Jakobsen visited

15 An Orkney Scholar: Hugh Marwick Shetland in 1893, 1894 and 1895 and published in English two popular lectures on The Dialect and Place Names of Shetland (Lerwick r897), in which he brought out the interest of the haaf-names, tabu-terms used by Shetland fishermen. For example, the parish minister and the church must on no account be given their proper names at sea; the minister must be referred to as de upsiander, de beniman 'the prayer-man', de predikanter 'the preacher' or de loader 'the bawler', the church as de beni-hoose 'the prayer-house' or kl~ster (from ON klaustr). Similarly the ship must be referred to as de [aar 'the conveyance', the mast as de steng or stong 'stick', the sail as de cloot or skegga (see the word skega in his Etymological Dictionary of the Nom Language); the halibut as de baldin 'the fierce one' and the seal as de hoarin 'the hairy one'. No medievalist will be surprised at the first group of these tabu-terms, since an ecclesiastical writer could rage against the wicked stupidity of lay-folk who thought it bad luck to see a priest of the Lord but lucky to sight a stinking beast of a wolf. Jakobsen's doctoral thesis, Det norrene Sprog pd Shetland, was published in 1897 and his long paper 'Shetlandseernes Stednavne' appeared in Aarbeger for nordisk Oldkyndighed og Historie 1901, , in English, Lerwick Jakobsen's chief work was his Etymologisk Ordbog over det Norrene Sprag pd Shetland (Kebenhavn 1921), which he had hoped from the start would appear in an English edition. He died, however, in 1918, and it was not till that his sister Fro Anna Horsbel was able to carry out his wishes with An Etymological Dictionary of the Nom Language in Shetland (2 vols., Copenhagen and London). One of her most valuable helpers was Hugh Marwick who, as a native of Orkney, was better than anyone qualified to discuss difficult questions of odal law and to revise Jakobsen's translation of the Nom fragments. Jakobsen's list included some 10,000 words of Norse

16 IO Saga-Book of the Viking Society origin that survived in Shetland in the closing years of the last century. Shetland, affectionately but only too appropriately styled de Aald Rock, had been less attractive than Orkney to the hungry Scot. The southern group, with its soft outlines and pastel colours, provided good farm land and still maintains one of the most prosperous agricultural communities in Scotland Under the Sinclair earls (from I369), and particularly after I468, it suffered earlier and more intensive infiltration by ferryloupers from the mainland. Moreover, its people were farmers rather than fishermen and seafarers, and the odds against the survival of Norn words, of haaf-terms in particular, were heavy. Norn terms in general were certainly less than a third, more probably less than a quarter, as numerous as in Shetland. Only a handful of haaf-terms (such as biter 'knife' and mungerhoose, from ON munkahas, 'church') are recorded. Of these few a couple are of special interest. Marwick noted the use of horse-legbeen and keel-root for right-hand and left-hand oar respectively but could offer no explanation. This was given many years later by a Norwegian scholar, S. Solheim, in Maal og Minne for I947 (pp. I-IS); Folafoten and Kjel-rot are shoals in the Gulafjord, one on either side of the passage, These terms must go back to the days of frequent communication by sea with Norway. The main types of Norn borrowings into the Orkney dialect can be classified as follows: 1. Direct loans (from Old Norse except when prefixed byn[ew] N[orse]): aftak 'lull in a storm'; aize < eisa 'blaze fiercely'; bismer < bismari 'steelyard'; felkyied 'woebegone', originally 'bewitched'; gren 'lobster's hole'; grind 'gate'; hogboon < haug-buinn or -buandi 'barrowdweller'; klibber < klyfberi 'wooden pack-saddle'; messigate < messugata 'path to church'; moorit < morausr 'reddish brown (of wool)'; rivlin < hriflingr 'rough shoe of untanned leather'; roo < hruga 'heap', And of course

17 An Orkney Scholar: Hugh Marwick II a great number of topographical terms, either independently or in compound, as air < eyrr 'gravelly beach'; berry < bjorg 'cliff'; breck < brekka 'slope'; fors 'waterfall' ; geo < gjd 'cleft'; klett < klettr 'solitary rock'; rost < rost 'part of a tiderace' ; wart < varija 'beacon'. 2. Calques: brig-steens 'paving-flags in front of house': brusteinn ; beat fluiks 'flap one's arms for warmth': NN berjafloka. 3. Part-translations: aithken 'sheepmark' < auakenni, auij- replaced by Scots eath-; dayset 'nightfall' < dagsetr; equal-man 'umpire' < [afnaoar-maar; meadow-skift < engja-skift. 4- Adaptations of Norse idiom: go afore de crag 'fall over a cliff' : gangafyrir bj[jrg; oatapae de day' near noon' : NN ute paa dagen ; what for a 'what kind of a' : NN kvat fyre en. To his Dictionary Marwick prefixed a valuable introduction on the history of the Nom language in Orkney, discussed the scanty fragments of rhymes, riddles, etc. that have come down to us, and traced the phonological development of the language from Old Norse. Moreover in Appendix I he dealt with the forms of the twelfthcentury inscriptions from Maeshowe. In Appendix II he printed specimens of the Orkney Nom of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In Appendix III he collected literary references to the Orkney Nom from Jo. Ben. to Sir Walter Scott, and! in Appendix IV he tabulated the variations in vowel sounds he had noted in different parishes. It is in every way a most scholarly and well-balanced piece of work, which in its original form was presented as a thesis for the D.Litt. degree of Edinburgh in The examiners, of whom I was one, had no hesitation in recommending the award of the degree. Then came the question of publication. I urged him to have it printed seriatim in The Orcadian.

18 12 Saga-Book of the Viking Society This would have been cheap and might have brought in new material that could have been incorporated as an appendix. Marwick preferred to have it printed at his own expense by one of the University Presses - never, I think, a very good idea, since a publisher who ventures nothing is not much concerned to push the book and is satisfied to take a disproportionate share of what comes in from sales. Marwick got much credit but not a great deal else, I suspect. Marwick's second paper had been on 'Celtic Place Names in Orkney', and his interest in local place-names never flagged, his last work (still unpublished) being on the place-names of Birsay parish. In the interim he published a paper on 'The Place-Names of North Ronaldsay: (1923) and a monograph on The Place Names of Rousay (1947), and included sections on the island names in his 'Antiquarian Notes on Papa Westray' (1925) and 'Antiquarian Notes on Stronsay' (1926). His 'Orkney Farm-Name Studies' appeared in 1931 and a comprehensive monograph, Orkney Farm Names, in This summed up his conclusions. The first section (pp ), on island- and farm-names, brought together the material and offered interpretation where this seemed possible. Only a limited number of names, few of them farm-names, are recorded before the rentals of 1492 (still in manuscript) and of (printed by Peterkin). These furnish some excellent forms but cover by no means the whole of the area. The second section (pp ) describes the farming background. The third (pp ) attempts to establish the chronology of different types. Names in land, bolstaiir (preserved as -bister or -buster) and garor may go back to the earliest phase of the Norse settlement. Names in seir and stabir (usually represented by -ston through influence of the dative stgoum) are secondary in character, while names in kv (modern -quoy) 'cattlefold' are mostly of relatively late date since the holdings they

19 An Orkney Scholar: Hugh Marwick define were still uncultivated when skatt was imposed. It is likely enough that Norse settlement in Orkney, as in Shetland, began before the Viking Age, as A. W. Br0gger urged on archaeological grounds in Ancient Emigrants. Yet the evidence of the names in vin 'meadow', on which Jakobsen laid so much stress, is inconclusive for Orkney, since vin may have continued in use as a generic term and such compounds as ON leik-vin 'sports-meadow' (surviving as Lyking) may have been imported readymade. Orkney Farm-Names was reviewed at length in Maal og Minne for 1953 (pp ) by Magnus Olsen, who welcomed it as a notable contribution to Scandinavian place-name studies, describing it as virtually a new volume of Norske Gaardnavne. The chapter Marwick contributed to Dr John Gunn's Orkney: The Magnetic North (first published in 1932) is a model survey of Orkney history from the earliest times to the present day, showing familiarity with every variety of source, archaeological discovery, medieval narrative and family papers of the modern period. For many years he described new finds in Orkney in the Proceedings either of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland or of the Orkney Antiquarian Society, and in 1952 produced for the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works the official guide to Orkney : Ancient Monuments, now deservedly in its fourth edition. This is well illustrated with half-tones of important sites, line-blocks of plans and a sketch-map which serves as a key to the distribution of the most important monuments, while the thirty-two pages of letterpress are a masterly condensation of what is known on the subject. Marwick had already made important contributions to the archaeology of Orkney, notably in a paper of 1928 on Skara Brae (better styled Skerrabrae) in the parish of Sandwick, a prehistoric village site that had been known for generations but had never been scientifically excavated till , after the first year by Gordon Childe. Childe

20 Saga-Book of the Viking Society was furious that a local antiquary should have had the temerity to express an opinion before the oracle had spoken. Yet Marwick knew the site long before Childe had left the outback of his native Australia, and the latter could not in the end improve on Marwick's provisional dating: "I should be disposed to assign to Skerrabrae a prolonged period of occupation - probably of centuries - beginning somewhere in the middle of the first millennium B.C. and ending before the commencement of the Christian era" (Proceedings of the Orkney Antiquarian Society, VII 26). One of Marwick's most important papers is on 'Leidang in the West' (1935). In Norway and its colonies Old Norse leioangr means 'ship-levy'. Only in case of actual or threatened invasion could the full leioangr be mustered, but the ruler, king or earl, had the right to call out a half-levy for aggressive action. In time this right came to be commuted for payments in kind, which were assessed by skatt-land (or 4i d -land), the unit that had been required to furnish and equip a man for the local fleet. Four skatt-lands made up an urisland 'ounce-land', which Marwick urged could be equated with the Hebridean dauacb or tirunga (a Gaelic translation of ON eyrisland 'ounce-land') and with the Manx treen of similar derivation. The whole paper is so closely reasoned that, in so brief an abstract, I cannot hope to have summarised it satisfactorily..marwick's interest in the history of the islands was not confined to the medieval period. In his two volumes entitled Merchant Lairds of Long Ago (1936 and 1939) he used the family papers of the Traills of Elsness to illustrate the economic history of Orkney in the first half of the eighteenth century, both agricultural and commercial. The main crops were oats (the usual breadstuff) and here, a tough type of barley, which was largely. malted, for already in the sixteenth century the men of Orkney were said to drink the starkest ale in Albion

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