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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. 1889 Excerpt: ...head-dress; Her neck was whiter A brooch was on her breast, Than pure new fallen snow. (Rigsmil, 28, 29.) "Gisli could not sleep, and said he wanted to go from the house to his hiding place, south of the cliffs, and try if he could not sleep there. They all went there (Gisli, his wife And, and her foster-daughter Gudrid); they (the women) had on kirtles, which left a track in the dew " (Gisli Sursson's Saga, p. 67). From the four representations here given, we get an idea of the dress of women, and the peculiar manner in which they arranged their hair. The long trailing dress reminds us of the descriptions in the Sagas. Three of the figures are presenting drinking-horns to some persons unseen. On the Hallingbro stone1 a woman, dressed in a somewhat similar way, is presenting a drinking-horn to a warrior on horseback. The women's outer garments were more or less similar to those of men. The principal were the skikkja and mottul, a kind of cloak worn by high-born women, without sleeves, usually fastened on the breast with a fibula, and the tygla mottul (strapcloak), used by men and women, sometimes with costly borders (hladlminn), and lined with fur; but the term kvennskikkja (woman's cloak) implies some difference between theirs and those of the men. When travelling they wore overcoats, like men; the olpa, with hood of felt, and hekla. 1 See p. 154. "A beggar-woman who died left a hekln, which was embroidered with much gold. The men of King Magnus (Erlingsson) took the cloak and burnt it, and divided the money among themselves. When the Birkibeinar (Sverris men) heard this they called them hekhtngs" (Sverri's Saga, c. 41; Fms. yiii.). Women wore the skyrta or serk (chemise), either of linen or silk, next to the body. It was so made that t...
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