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May 23rd, 2013, 4:57 pm

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Skyen,

May 23rd, 2013, 5:05 pm

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What most people remember about the Vikings is the raiding and the pillaging and the taking over of England. The Vikings DID do a lot of that, but what they did even more of was settlement and colonization. Needless to say, the British weren't super thrilled about it.

If you wanna know just how much they settled, take a look at this list of English place-names that stem from Viking colonization. Or this list of Viking words that made their way into the modern English language.

And the weekdays! Sunday and Monday, that's "Sun-day" and "Moon-day" obviously, and Saturday is "Saturn's Day," which you got from the Romans.
Tuesday, though, is "Tyr's Day," and Tyr was an old Norse god. Wednesday is "Wodin's Day," or "Odin's Day." Thursday is "Thor's Day" and Friday belongs to either Frey and Freya (who were fertility-gods) or Odin's wife Frigg.

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Johanobesus (Guest),

May 23rd, 2013, 7:37 pm

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Well now, a lot of their colonization was by way of conquest. It's not like the Danelaw was previously uninhabited. A lot of Nordic words came into English while the Danes were running the place.

And I believe the English names of the days are native and just reflect a common Germanic origin. Woden and Tiw were the Anglo-Saxon names, although Thursday may be Nordic, since his English name was Thunor/Thundor.

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