The Heimskringla is a Norse saga, sometimes referred to as "the history of the Norwegian kings". It was written about 1225, by the Icelander Snorri Sturluson.
It contains several notable references to Shetland, including this quotation from the poet Otter Svarte:
- "From Shetland, far off in the cold North Sea,
- Come chiefs who desire to be subject to thee:
- No king so well known for his will, and his might,
- To defend his own people from scaith or unright.
- These isles of the West midst the ocean's wild roar,
- Scarcely heard the voice of their sovereign before;
- Our bravest of sovereigns before could scarce bring
- These islesmen so proud to acknowledge their king."
- The Heimskringla (entire text in English)