Booth’s in “Egil’s Saga”

Chapter 84


[...] They pitched tents over their booths, and so did the thingmen who had their booths there. When they had set everything up, Thorstein sent word to his supporters to build great walls for a booth, which he then covered with a much larger tent than all the others there. [...]

[There is no exact term in English for the Old Norse word b˙­. ‘Shelter’ or ‘camp’ would probably capture its meaning better. A b˙­ had permanent walls of sod and a roof of tent cloth set up only when the b˙­ was occupied.]

Source: Bernard Scudder, trans., "[Booths in] Egil's Saga" in The Sagas of Icelanders: A Selection, preface by Jane Smiley, introduction by Robert Kellogg, (New York, London, Victoria (Australia), Toronto, Auckland: The Penguin Group, 2001). Notes: Probably by Snorri Sturluson c. 1220-1240 about events 850-1000. Snorri was a descendant of Egil. Translations first published in "The Complete Sagas of Icelanders," volumes I-V (forty-nine tales), Leifur Eiriksson Publishing, Ltd., Iceland, 1997.

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