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#41 Mobius

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 0824 AM

Good film IIRC.

 

Seri Plokhy's book 'The Gates of Europe' gives a very good account of the Vikings using Ukraine as a transit route to the med, and one Viking King was even killed there when they had to get out the boat to carry it up a waterfall. They played a key role in the establishment of Rus. Ukraine can into Baltic? :)

I think we have this in a thread long ago but Rus comes from the name given the Vikings to row.  Or people who row.


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#42 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0236 AM

Yes that rings a bell from the Plokhy book.

 

Well worth picking up if you see it. The Vikings cover only the first chapter, but its still interesting.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0437 AM

And the Swedish sauna is based on the 'Turkish' (actually the Byzantine baths based on Roman bath houses.....) found by the Vikings who went to Byzantium / Constantinople / Istanbul way back when and then who rowed home with the idea.

 

Meanwhile

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0622 AM

You can almost Imagine those Roman longboats piled high with Byzantine Home Sauna Kit's, lamenting they have to wait another thousand years before they can buy one from IKEA. :)


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 0637 AM

You can almost Imagine those Roman longboats piled high with Byzantine Home Sauna Kit's, lamenting they have to wait another thousand years before they can buy one from IKEA. :)

 

And cooking

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 1302 PM

Which brings us neatly to...

 


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#47 Murph

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 1325 PM

Hagar the Horrible rides again!  I wonder if the tv show Vikings has restarted any interest in the period?


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#48 Rick

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 1023 AM

Must have had a bit of the Viking in him.

 

https://en.wikipedia.../Thor_Heyerdahl

 

 

Interesting crew members on the Kon-Tiki (from Wikipedia)

 

Knut Haugland (1917–2009) was a radio expert, decorated by the British in World War II for actions in the Norwegian heavy water sabotage that stalled what were believed to be Germany's plans to develop an atomic bomb. Haugland was the last surviving crew member; he died on Christmas Day, 2009 at the age of 92.
 
Torstein Raaby (1918–1964) was also in charge of radio transmissions. He gained radio experience while hiding behind German lines during WWII, spying on the German battleship Tirpitz. His secret radio transmissions eventually helped guide in Allied bombers to sink the ship.

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 1103 AM

Regarding Thor Heyerdahl, is it a Viking thing to replace the wife with a 8 years younger woman in a string? :)

 

 

 

More about Knut Haugland and his comrades and Viking blood:

 

 


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 1154 AM

Regarding Thor Heyerdahl, is it a Viking thing to replace the wife with a 8 years younger woman in a string? :)
  


Sounds like typical make midlife crisis on a level that exceeds buying a sports car.
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Posted 31 May 2019 - 1108 AM

Point taken.  I have been checking out some information on the Varangians, and there were a suprising number of technically non Norse in the Varangian Guard.


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 0717 AM

Regarding Thor Heyerdahl, is it a Viking thing to replace the wife with a 8 years younger woman in a string? :)

 

 

He was obviously a bit of a Knut. :)


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 1607 PM

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#54 Rick

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 1612 PM

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:o  :D


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 0528 AM

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ROTFLMAO!  That is really funny.


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#56 Mikel2

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 1531 PM

The most expensive chess piece in history....

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 1554 PM

Point taken.  I have been checking out some information on the Varangians, and there were a suprising number of technically non Norse in the Varangian Guard.

 

In fact, after 1066 the Varagian guard was mostly made up of anglo saxons


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 1339 PM

ROTFLMAO!  That is really funny.

 

Yes it is, assemble your own dragon ship by following the simple 2000 page instruction. (this is nitpicking) IKEA use correct Swedish spelling, so it is Drake, Drakar is the plural from of Drake, and the a is a long a so its not kk.


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 1239 PM

then what all the other Ikea names , like Blyrb and Stfyg and Flöbp, mean?  :D​ 


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 1651 PM

then what all the other Ikea names , like Blyrb and Stfyg and Flöbp, mean?  :D​ 

 

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