Sigurd Eysteinsson

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Map o North-eastren Scotland shawin Orkney, Shetland, Caithness, an Moray. At his daith, Sigurd Eysteinsson controlled the aurie north o the river Oykel. The probable steid o his buirial moond, Sigurd's Howe is shawn.

Sigurd Eysteinsson or Sigurd the Michty (reigned c. 875–892[1]) wis the seicont Yerl o Orkney – a teetle gien tae Sigurd bi his brither Rognvald Eysteinsson. A son of Eystein Glumra, Sigurd wis a leader in the Viking conquest o whit is nou northren Scotland.

His daith wis said tae hae been caused bi the severed heid o Máel Brigte, wha Sigurd defeatit in battle.[1][2] As he rode a horse wi Máel Brigte's heid attached tae his saddle as a trophy, ane o Máel Brigte's teeth grazed against Sigurd's leg. The wound becam infectit, later causin Sigurd's daith.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ashley, pp. 440–441
  3. Translations o the Orkneyinga saga (chaipters 4 an 5), that relates the story, can be read online at Sacred texts an Northvegr.