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Ron Iverson
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Posted - 29/11/2019 :  06:11:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Attempting to comprehend a nynorsk passage in Bygdebok for Alenfit...describes an area in Nordhordaland. I can find no translation for the recurring term "huseby". Example: "Frå husebyen nørdst på Holsnøy kunne det haldast auga med skip..."

I get the impression: some kind of guest house, or lodging for the king's emissaries or...?

Any help appreciated.

Ronald A. Iverson

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Posted - 29/11/2019 :  15:55:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"husebyen" should probably be huse byen or huse by. Enter the whole
sentence into google translate Norwegian to English and it should make
more sense to you.
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Ron Iverson
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Posted - 29/11/2019 :  16:11:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That gets me nowhere. Huse byen is translated "houses by"...pretty sure that is not it. Another usage: " Huseby, har vore framskotne vaktgardar for kongsgardar Og han peikar på at kongsgarden på Seim har hart ein Huseby hades i nordaust..."

Ronald A. Iverson
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Posted - 29/11/2019 :  18:32:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have family in Vang Hedmark living on a farm Huuse or Huseby
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Posted - 29/11/2019 :  18:40:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More than fifty farms in Norway and even more in Sweden have carried the name Huseby, or older variants of the name. From what I can read on Wikipedia, it means a farm with many good houses, and goes back to pre-Christian times, possibly by several centuries. Apparently these farms have tended to be the king's property, and there have been speculations that such farms have had a particular administrative function.

This is also what the author of the Alenfit book refers to; in this case the theory says that the Huseby farms served as sentries for nearby, larger royal estates. The quote in the original post is taken from a passage that describes how the ship traffic along the coast can be followed from a handful of such farms.

Edited by - ToreL on 29/11/2019 21:57:04
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Ron Iverson
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Posted - 29/11/2019 :  22:28:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks to all, this seems to answer the question. Would be interesting to know how these "sentries" communicated.

Ronald A. Iverson
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Posted - 03/12/2019 :  08:22:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a possible: One if by land, two if by sea. Light and lighthouses have been around since ancient times and could be used in communications....
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