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Viking nicknames
Via Negativa ^ | August 3, 2007 | Dave Bonta

Posted on 05/02/2014 5:29:10 PM PDT by Hugin

according to the Icelandic sagas

Every few years I re-read the Icelandic sagas in translation. This time, I kept a notepad handy and jotted down the more interesting nicknames. Here are a few of them. For those unfamiliar with the sagas, I should mention that they were regarded by the 12th- and 13th-century Icelanders for whom they were written as essentially factual works, albeit with some literary embellishments. In other words, the following names all belonged to ostensibly historical figures.

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TOPICS: History; Humor; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; vikings
Friday fun thread!

Well Vikings fans, you'll have to wait a year for season 3 of Ragnar and company. But for those having Vikings withdrawals, I came across this thread of real life Viking nicknames. Some are what you would expect like Gunnstein the Berserk-Killer. Others are odd and even funny. It got me thinking, what if we gave our leaders real Viking nicknames? Harry Serpent-Tongue? Pelosi Scatter-Brain? And of course, Boehner the Boneless!

Have fun.

1 posted on 05/02/2014 5:29:10 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin

As long as they’re not nicknames from the pathetic, football type from our next-door neighbor MN.


2 posted on 05/02/2014 5:31:49 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: Hugin

I’m going to watch the final episode tonight.


3 posted on 05/02/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: Hugin

Oh, here I am: Eirik Ale-Lover.


4 posted on 05/02/2014 5:32:32 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Its been a pretty good show with hot and dangerous viking womenfolk.

“Turn” on AMC sunday nights has been awesome patriotic TV.


5 posted on 05/02/2014 5:35:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Hugin

I like Harry the Ragman.


6 posted on 05/02/2014 5:36:12 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: rabidralph

Gotta watch that, or you’ll end up like Thorir Paunch.


7 posted on 05/02/2014 5:37:30 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin

Barack the Red.


8 posted on 05/02/2014 5:37:32 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

Perfect


9 posted on 05/02/2014 5:38:19 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: Hugin

Not listed, but perhaps my all-time favorite: Halfdan the Bad Entertainer.

“Take my longship, please!”

*rimshot*

:-)


10 posted on 05/02/2014 5:41:26 PM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: Hugin

Some of them are far from flattering. My father’s family had a custom of nicknames for everybody. My oldest aunt hated hers and refused to answer to it, so it never “stuck” outside of childhood. Poopie. Can’t say I blame her, I wouldn’t answer to it either, lol.


11 posted on 05/02/2014 5:41:40 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Hugin

My name was passed down from generation, to generation:

Anders Nilsson
Nils Andersson
Anders Nilsson
Nils Andersson
Anders Nilsson
Nils Andersson


12 posted on 05/02/2014 5:42:57 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Hugin

Not into the adult bevs enough yet, but
Boner of Short Shanks
Mitch Stale Waters
Hillagertha the Maxi Shield Maiden
Ragnar Cruzbrook


13 posted on 05/02/2014 5:43:35 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: DemforBush

I particularly like Sarcastic Halli and Hallfred the Troublesome Poet.


14 posted on 05/02/2014 5:49:39 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin

I’m already there! So I’m working on my new nickname: Helgi the Lean :-)


15 posted on 05/02/2014 5:57:21 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

Dog gone...Bill of the Beer Breath is too close to yours so I’ll go with William Make Water.


16 posted on 05/02/2014 6:02:13 PM PDT by prisoner6 (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! I AM A FREE MAN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I love Turn. Lots of different story lines and things are getting thick, now. Have you seen Fargo on FX? It comes on Tuesday night. It is very good and stars Billy Bob Thornton.


17 posted on 05/02/2014 6:09:34 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Hugin

Obammar the Nithling

Definition of Nidering, Nídhingr, Nithling found here:

http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/gods2.html


18 posted on 05/02/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: rabidralph

Fargo is pretty good. They actually got some pretty big names for the series.


19 posted on 05/02/2014 6:19:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Hugin

Hey...there’s one there for me...Thorolf Bladderbald


20 posted on 05/02/2014 6:19:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Hugin

Eysteinn Fart?

No way.


21 posted on 05/02/2014 6:20:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Ragnar Shaggy-Breeches and his posse did well, and he now holds The Sword of Kings.


22 posted on 05/02/2014 6:22:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Hugin

Friegard The Herring Fondler


23 posted on 05/02/2014 6:32:18 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Hugin

Dang, I love that show - I am going to miss it greatly, so any and all Viking games of this nature are duly appreciated ;)


24 posted on 05/02/2014 6:44:45 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

Bump for Per the Plunderer


25 posted on 05/02/2014 7:17:32 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: WildHighlander57

I love it!


26 posted on 05/02/2014 7:21:30 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Hugin

I gave my lovely wife a Viking name.

Her name is Kitteh.


27 posted on 05/02/2014 8:15:35 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Hugin

Thorstein Cod-Biter wins for me. Good ol’ Thorstein.


28 posted on 05/02/2014 9:24:01 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Great ending! But we have to wait until 2015!!!!


29 posted on 05/02/2014 9:45:56 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: Hugin

Very interesting. I did not realize that John Kerry had Viking ancestry. His ancestor’s name was not passed down to Kerry, but at least one of his physical attributes was:

Kerry’s Viking ancestor was named Thorir Long-Chin.


30 posted on 05/02/2014 10:20:07 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Hugin

Real one: Ivar the Boneless.


31 posted on 05/02/2014 11:22:51 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Hugin

Hagar the Horrible.


32 posted on 05/02/2014 11:25:10 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: House Atreides
Speaking of Vikings, it might be time to review the 1182 debut album by The Kjars. A Nordic medieval "supergroup" comprised of former Thorfrin Project guitarist Hymling Thor, former Lord Jokul keyboardist Hrotti Seinngut, former King Norse (among other outlets) singer-bassist Sigmun Hottgutt, and former Herthjof, Runulf & Fjormond drummer Granmar Grtettir, Kjar's self-titled first album was a smashing commercial success that was much more AOR than prog-rock.

Not that the playing isn't very good and flashy at times, because it is, but this is a song-based album whose first three tracks all received significant. "Journey of the Longships" is the band's signature song and it still sounds great, and on a personal note it will always bring me back to my first real kiss because this song was playing in the background when I made a move on Gertrude, but that's another story altogether. Regardless, it's a damn good song, with strong riffs and vocals from Hymling (the band's primary songwriter along with Seinngut, who also supplies backing vocals which are a band strength as well), a memorably singable pop chorus, and suitably dramatic power ballad-y verses.

With famous keyboards a la Europe's "The Final Countdown" and airy harmonies, "Forests of Greenland" is another winner, and "Dream Worlds of Tolkien" is another easily singable, dramatic, and musician-ly tune. Aside from "Here Comes That Nordic Feeling," which was also released as a single but was less successful (though to my ears this catchy tune could've easily been another big hit), the rest of the songs aren't quite as memorable, but the majority of them are also good, even if the album on the whole suffers from a dated 1100s sound (particularly Seingutt's keyboards which also have their moments and which help provide the album with its symphonic sense of grandeur) and a cheese factor that can be rather high.

So call this overly slick album a "guilty pleasure" if you must, I won't deny that I enjoy listening to it even if it immediately puts me smack back in 1182, and I wish that the original group had stayed together longer, as this first album would be as good as it would get for The Kjars, both from a commercial and an artistic standpoint.

Check out the soaring guitar solos on "One Fathom Closer" and Grtettir's booming drums on "Wildest Viking Dames," to mention but two standout performances. But they all shine at various times on most of these tracks, and though perhaps the album might be a bit off putting to those expecting something more prog-rock, a perception that's only reinforced by the colorful Thor Bjork album cover, this direction wasn't all that different than what other progsters such as Genesis, King Crimson, and Yes (who the next millenium would have their biggest hit ever with the equally commercial 90125) were doing at the time. Bottom line is, though this album has its faults, for what it is, which is AOR pop rock with a dash of prog, it's quite good.

33 posted on 05/03/2014 10:24:17 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Hugin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Hugin.

34 posted on 05/15/2014 9:26:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hugin

Adrian Peterson?

35 posted on 05/15/2014 9:34:38 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: BenLurkin

I can’t wait for the snakes.

:D


36 posted on 05/15/2014 10:15:09 PM PDT by Salamander (Black Ace Dog Handler)
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To: Hugin

Question....were they nick names or real names?


37 posted on 05/16/2014 4:13:51 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Hugin

well, everyone needs a hobby i guess.....


38 posted on 05/16/2014 6:29:06 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Hugin

OK- Anyone remember this:
“You’re Thor”!? I’m tho thore I can hardly pith!”


39 posted on 05/17/2014 10:01:49 AM PDT by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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