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  •  Note that I wrote, "but they were also known". (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, Youffraita

    I did not make them being advanced contingent on poetry; that was an "also".  :)  They were "advanced" because they had some of the best (if not the best) seagoing vessels of the age, excellent weaponry, etc -- they might have even invented the telescope way before Galileo.

    •  They had "The Thing" -- (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh

      your Icelandic word for it is much more accurate, but that's how it was translated when I read the Eddas.  It was (as you know) kind of like a modern senate: the king didn't just decree by fiat, iow.

      Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

      by Youffraita on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 06:10:38 PM PDT

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