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Changing Views on Vikings

Changing Views on Vikings

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n this article1 changing views, not only of Viking activities, but
also of the etymology and meaning of the word viking will be
discussed. Particular attention will be paid to the Netherlands.
Outside Scandinavia, post-mediaeval interest in Old
Scandinavian culture including Vikings arose in England at the end
of the seventeenth century and France in the middle of the
eighteenth century. Other countries followed suit, and this
ultimately led to the incorporation of the word viking into Modern
Dutch. The Modern Dutch word viking (also vikinger, wiking,
wikinger) was introduced from German or English;2 the earliest
entry in the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal, the large Dictionary
of the Dutch Language, is from the year 1835. Both in German and
in English, the word had been reintroduced in the beginning of the
nineteenth century;3 in German the word begins with w- (Wiking),
n this article1 changing views, not only of Viking activities, but
also of the etymology and meaning of the word viking will be
discussed. Particular attention will be paid to the Netherlands.
Outside Scandinavia, post-mediaeval interest in Old
Scandinavian culture including Vikings arose in England at the end
of the seventeenth century and France in the middle of the
eighteenth century. Other countries followed suit, and this
ultimately led to the incorporation of the word viking into Modern
Dutch. The Modern Dutch word viking (also vikinger, wiking,
wikinger) was introduced from German or English;2 the earliest
entry in the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal, the large Dictionary
of the Dutch Language, is from the year 1835. Both in German and
in English, the word had been reintroduced in the beginning of the
nineteenth century;3 in German the word begins with w- (Wiking),

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