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  •  If I ever decide to play a computer game again, (4+ / 0-)
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    Ivan The Boneless is going to be my game name. For some weird reason, that just got me chuckling today.

    "We should remember that words are living things and they continue to impact our lives long after they have been spoken." - Ojibwa, kossack, diarist extraordinaire

    by Uwaine on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 12:50:56 PM PDT

    •  Actually, his name was... (7+ / 0-)

      ... Ivar the Boneless (not Ivan).  He was a real person.  Depending on the legends one refers to, he may have had an Irish name, too.  As you may know, the Vikings founded many coastal communities in Ireland and in Great Britain (England and Scotland, in particular), and in Normandy (William was descended of Vikings, even though he invaded from France in 1066).  After the seafarers came the farmers, traders, merchants, and they settled down to marry the locals....

      The character named Einar in the 1958 film entitled The Vikings is played by Kirk Douglas, and loosely based on Ivar the Boneless (VERY loosely; I haven't read that the real Ivar ever lost an eye..., but Woden/Odin, the god of war, traded his eye for knowledge).  The movie is really cheesy, but some of it was filmed in Norway and the scenery is beautiful.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 02:13:47 PM PDT

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      •  Cheesy! Kirk Douglas with the scar, Ernest (3+ / 0-)
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        Borgnine being crazy, Tony Curtis with his Bronx/Cary Grant accent, and a cauterization of an arm with a plain torch. Awesome movie.

        Thanks for the correction: henceforth, I shall be Ivar The Boneless (should I ever play games again).

        "We should remember that words are living things and they continue to impact our lives long after they have been spoken." - Ojibwa, kossack, diarist extraordinaire

        by Uwaine on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 04:29:30 PM PDT

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        •  :-) Velbekomme.... (2+ / 0-)
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          Uwaine, Ojibwa

          That's the formal response..., and the literal translation is "May it become you well."

          [Thank you, Norwegian teacher.]

          I studied Norwegian for two years in the early '80s because I knew if I could understand one of the three Scandinavian languages that I could at least read or understand the other two for genealogy records.  The class was for modern Norwegian (they have two official dialects that everyone learns).

          Little did I know that by the early 21st century I'd have my first computer, a cousin would find one of three fifth cousins - one of whom was working on the genealogy (he has since died) - and Norway would have their genealogy records online (transcribed census data and some other records, then they added the kirke records back to the earliest in a process that took two years), and all free, thanks to the taxpayers in Norway.  Because of the history that influenced the language, the records are written in Dano-Norsk, and the earlier ones are in Gothic penmanship.  The search engine is also super simple, and I wish more web sites had search engines like that.  I've documented my Norwegian line back to ca 1620.

          Following suit, Denmark's records are also online, also free, thanks to the taxpayers, but theirs are on two web sites, not one.

          Corporations got ahold of Sweden's records and they had three web sites that can be used for a fee.  One was recently bought out by Ancestry.com.  The last one to go online is one I've worked on when they have a free weekend now and then, and they're digitizing the images so they're all in color instead of discolored microfilm images.  It's pretty cool, and I've added something like four or five generations to my ancestral line (none of it is indexed, so it's a matter of scrolling through records).  I need to work with the language more because they don't have much in English yet for their menus, and I'm not fond of the Java thing for the images, but it's do-able.

          I have documented ancestors from seven different countries, and at least two others were invaded by Anglo-Saxons (Angles, Saxons, Jutes - the latter from what is modern-day Jutland, Denmark) and Vikings in the locations where I can document my ancestors.  I may have more Viking blood in me than I know about, but records don't go back that far.

          If you're enamored of the name Ivar the Boneless, you might be interested in the old sagas.  They are online (for free) in translated formats on reputable web sites (I've seen them on college web sites).

          From the History Channel (on Hulu):
          Vikings: Journey to New Worlds
          http://www.hulu.com/...

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 09:15:56 PM PDT

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          •  Judging from the color of the hair in my beard (2+ / 0-)
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            Ojibwa, NonnyO

            (before it turned gray LOL), I suspect I have a fair amount of Viking in me too, although I'm not supposed to have any :D

            Thanks for the info though. My uncles and aunts (on both sides) have worked on the family history as a retirement project (pretty cool idea I thought). So I'll probably start working on it some more when my turn comes.

            Thanks for all the information.

            "We should remember that words are living things and they continue to impact our lives long after they have been spoken." - Ojibwa, kossack, diarist extraordinaire

            by Uwaine on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 10:10:13 PM PDT

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