Of Norwegia, chap. 107.
NOrwaye is the largest Prouince of Europa, and is compassed with the Sea wolting hall •• out, and is vu∣net the North••nd •ret•hesh towarde the Countreye of Outhear. 〈…〉 South and in the East it is departed from Gothia by 〈…〉 table• Albi• and is a right change and colde Coun∣treye 〈…〉 Mountaines of W••des, and of Croues. The men of this lande had more by Fishing Page 236 and hunting then by broad: for corne is scarce there because of great cold. There be many wild beasts, as white Beares: Also there bée Caslors; beastes, that liue both in water and in land, and they geld themselues whē they be hunted. Therin be many beasts and rough wonderfully shapen. There be wells, and all Lea∣ther and woode that is pat therein, turne anone into stone. In the North side of that land many dayes space in the sum∣mer, about the stinting of the Sunne, the Sunne is not séene goe to couert or glaade. And so many dayes in the win∣ter about the stinting of the Synne, the Sunne is not séene to shew there. And so that time men of that lande most worke by Candle. There is no Wheats, neither any Oyle, but, if they come out of other lands. The men be of great bo∣dies and of stature, of fayre shape, and of great might and strength: And hée strong skumours and sea théeues, and mightie and bolde of hearts. This land hath Gallacia in the East side, and Ile∣landia in the North side, wher the sea is frore alwaye, and Irish & British occe∣an is in ye west, & endeth in the South, toward the Countries of Denmarke & of Gothia.
*(This land is beyounde Denmarke bearing towarde Russie, and Froze∣land.)
(*Norwegia or Norway, this was somtime a flourishing kingdome, whose dominion comprehended Denmarke, Friesland, & the Ilāds far about, through discord it came to subiection, & is nowe vnder ye dominion of Danes: frō whence commeth the dried Haake called Stock∣fishrthe whales resort vnto those northen coasts that beare vpon Wardhus, an I∣land, where ther kéep such a strange noise, comming to ingender, that it is oftentimes daungerous to ships, and there are many taken, and of their flesh is made the common Oile. They are commonly thirtie yards in length. The Ilands about Norway, are of such fruit∣full pastures, that they bring, not theyr beasts into stables before the moneth of Nouember.)