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When did the term Viking start being used.

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    Posted: 01-Jul-2005 at 17:11
At the time the various Scandinavian warrior tribes started their raids, Viking was the term used by them for the raids. The people being raided referred to them as The Northmen. When did the name Viking start being applied to them?
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  Quote mord Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Jul-2005 at 11:57

What language?  The Anglo-Saxon word was wicing, and probably comes from the poem "The Battle of Maldon."  The word does seem to come from Scandinavian languages...however I have heard that "viking" wasn't used until the 18th or 19th century.   The etomology of "viking" somehow disputed.

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The word "viking" is indeed Scandinavian and has been used since at least the Viking age, and can be found on Swedish runestones from the 10th and 11th centuries. There were two versions of the word, vikingR, meaning sea warrior and viking meaning sea raid. The etymology is as said disputed though.


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