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How did “Labrador” originate?

June 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

According to Scandinavian sagas, Bjorn and Eric the Red discovered Labrador about the year 1000 A.D. They called it Helluland, meaning land of slate or naked rocks. The region was rediscovered in 1498 by John Cabot, who supposed it to be the eastern extremity of Asia. There are three theories as to how the region received its present …

How did Greenland get its name?

April 20, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Since the greater part of Greenland, the largest island in the world, is covered with ice and snow Whiteland would have been a more appropriate name for that island continent. According to a Scandinavian saga, in 985 A.D. Eric the Red named it Greenland to induce colonists from Iceland to settle in the new country. …

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What is a berserker rage?

December 1, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

In Norse mythology Berserk was the nickname of the grandson of the eight-handed Starkadder. He always went into battle without armor and was famed for the reckless fury with which he fought. Berserk in old Scandinavian probably meant “bare-shirt,” that is, one clothed only in his shirt and not protected by armor or heavier clothing. …

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