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Old July 1st 05, 01:45 PM
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Terje Henriksen wrote:

Jim Howe wrote:

Ok, more off topic - Russian is a Slavic language. Nordic does not
refer to a language, rather a group of nothern european countries -
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland (as well as a discipline
of skiing). Norwegian, Swedish, Danish (Icelandic) like English are
Germanic languages. Finnish is something completely different.

Icelandic comes from the old norwegian language, "Gammelnorsk". They didn't
change their language when the norwegian ppoulation changed to a more
danish-like during the union with Denmark.

I think Rus is thought to be what the Slavic inhabitants of the
regions now known as Russia and the Ukraine called the Swedish
Vikings that conquered them a 1000 years ago. Also, some argue that
Rus comes from Ros which is a region in Sweden.

Were not the swedish vikings asked to rule a part of Russia? I do not think
they conquerred the russians

ja. vikingarna från roslagen (norrtälje)

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Steven Lowe

The Vikings came to Russia through the trade routes from Sweden down
the Russian rivers, particularly the Don and the Dnieper, which led
south to the markets of Bulgar, Khazaria, Byzantium and the Caliphate.
Some reached as far East as the Caspian Sea and as far south as
Baghdad. They traded amber, furs, honey, slaves, wax and weapons, for
the luxuries of civilization, silk and silver (large hoards of Arab
dirhems have been found throughout Scandinavia.) They founded the
great cities of Starja Ladoga, Kiev and Novgorod.

They were known as Rus, a name whose origins are the subject of some
controversy. ... According to the Russian Primary Chronicle, compiled
in Kiev in the early 12th century, the Slavs invited the Swedish
chieftain Rurik and his two brothers to rule them in 862 AD. ...