English translation: rows of men working the oars on both sides of the ship
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16:54 Nov 7, 2008
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:Eastmen / Westmen
"Eastmen, hold", his father cried loud, and the men on the ship's right dug theri oars in, then raised them.
"Westmen, one more pull," he called again, and those on the left, Bjorn and Thorolf included, gave theirs one more hard tug before lifting the blades clear of the water.
According to the source you've provided: Throughout the Landnama two divisions of Icelandic Settlers are noted, viz. :
Eastmen, or those who came from Norway ; and Westmen, or those who came
from the British or Western Islands.
In the text I have, Eastmen and Westmen are sailing to conquer the "English".
The two were singled out merely because Bjorn is the central character and Thorolf is his brother. I do not think this has to do with their geographic origin, at least the text has not given me such an indication.
No hint so far. As far as I have understood, they are all Norse. What puzzled me was that both nouns were capitalized, so I thought, you know, maybe there's another meaning I have not been able to find.
Anyhow, thank you. I had thought of the explanation you have provided me with, but you see, two eyes see better than one!
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eastmen / westmen
rows of men working the oars on both sides of the ship
Explanation: One group is to the right and the other is to the left -- East and West.
Mark Berelekhis United States Local time: 08:13 Specializes in field Native speaker of: Russian, English PRO pts in category: 206