Jan Ivarsson TransEdit
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Tue Jul 10 11:39:42 UTC 2001
Barry Popik wrote:
> Greetings from Vik, Iceland. "Viking" supposedly comes from a town called Vik in Norway.
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There are hundreds of towns, villages and simple place names "Vik" all over Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
The Swedish National Encyclopedia says about the etymology of 'viking': "...uncertain; usually as being related to 'vik' [meaning 'bay'] and explained as derived from pirates' habit of hiding in bays, or to 'Viken', i.e. the district around inner Skagerrak. [...] Another interpretation of the meaning is 'trader', in analogy with OE 'wic' ['trading town'], from latin 'vicus' ['village']."
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