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  1. I am grateful for reading your Strongbow saga books and pleased that you respect historical accuracy, even if Nordic sagas regarding earlier centuries are not accurate about Ragnar historical time, it is normally about that time to mark names and facts by skalds songs and rarely by writing runes…
    I found very interesting your relates about vikings habits, perception of life and death and sense of truth or law, especially common law(ex. nidingswark sense, feasts held on many occasions especially for honor each other). Why? Because earlier writings(like “History” by Herodot, “Roman History” by Dio Cassius, “Getica” by Iordanes) tell about Thracians(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thracians)-especially Getae tribes, about their habits and their spreads along the modern Europe(especially north people like Danes, Norse, est.). The name of Thracian came form early Greek term thrachium(north) – tribes of barbarians from north! They fight with spears and swords alongside shields, are very skilled with bows, early ritual of death was incineration(and pastoral tribes likes to bury along weapons, horses and most valuable things), they were fearless and looks at death with joy and dignity, the only opportunity to rise on their god Zamolxe with pride like warriors, the messengers send on Zamolxe are thrown into spears(sudden death means god accept to be favorable), and they have altars of sacrifice(mostly animals) to honor the gods and dead people…
    In short terms – you know something about that?

    • Some of the old Nordic sagas are more historical than others. The ones that mention Ragnar do seem to be much more tales of legend and fantasy than sagas such as Egil’s Saga and Njal’s Saga, which are heavily based in history.

      I’ve heard of the Thracians from studies many years ago–in college, I majored in ancient and medieval history–but my knowledge of them is very slight, and I don’t believe they have any connection to the Nordic peoples, who were Germanic in origin.

      • […]Proto-Germanic then evolved from the Indo-European spoken in the Urheimat region.[clarification needed] The succession of archaeological horizons suggests that before their language differentiated into the individual Germanic branches the Proto-Germanic speakers lived in southern Scandinavia and along the coast from the Netherlands in the west to the Vistula in the east around 750 BC.[…] (Lehmann, W. P. (1961). “A Definition of Proto-Germanic: A Study in the Chronological Delimitation of Languages)
        Among most known historians resides the unanimous accepted facts that pre-Thracians spoke also an Indo-European language and the Sumer was the cradle of all ancient civilisations; meantime, in 1961 in Tartaria are found 3 written tablets which are considered the earliest known form of writing in the world (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tărtăria_tablets).
        Anyway, that is a long discussion who reclaim several feasts rich in ale and wine… i am sure that in time we will discover the same fascinating ancient roots!
        Keep going with your very well made books, i am sure that people all over the world wants to taste a large piece of vikings history.
        “We are the Norns, three women,
        who spin
        a thread each time someone is born.
        Weird, Verdandi and Skuld.
        We wander the world, spinning and spinning,
        where luck is born and where luck runs out,
        it’s fate that we’re making, the losing and winning,
        the sorrow and joy, the sickness and health,
        in labour, in love, in poverty and wealth.
        At the birth of your child we spin out its span,
        we’re Weird, Verdandi and Skuld.
        And our prophecies always, always, always comes true.”