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    What Were the Names of the Norwegian Tribes?

    To make clear what I mean, in Sweden we have Geats, Swedes and Danes (Skåne, Blekinge, Halland). That means that people from these regions would hail from these three Germanic tribes. In Denmark they have Danes and Jutes, and maybe some others.

    What are some corresponding tribes in Norway? Or do all Norwegians hail from the Nordmenn tribe or something similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pallantides View Post
    Thanks, but what I was looking for were more the people inhabiting these kingdoms. Just like in England, there were several Anglo-Saxon kingdoms but they were all inhabited by more or less the same tribe, which was the Anglo-Saxons. The Geats in Sweden also had separate kingdoms within their tribe and their own rulers.

    So thanks but I would like to know the names of the different(?) tribes inhabiting the many kingdoms.

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    I'm not entirly sure about the name of any specific tribes, but the people of Romerike/Raumaríki referred to themselves as Raumare, so I believe the situation is similar in other parts of Norway were places were given names from the tribes that lived there.

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    People from Helgeland in northern Norway called themselves håløyger.
    Tore Hund and Ottar are two famous håløyger. People in Trøndelag are called Trønders. I do not know of any spesific tribe names.

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    I'm thinking if there are any dialect differences that could perhaps show some split in tribes. I know Norwegian dialects can sound vastly different and that it caused the bokmål/nynorsk split in modern times. In Sweden, the easiest way of telling what tribe a region belongs to is listening to the dialects. We have the Swedish dialects, the Geatish dialects and the dialects with a Danish origin. Could Norwegian dialects tell us something like this too, or is the differences in the dialects mostly due to modern changes, like the many years of Danish rule which may have distorted some dialects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Méldmir View Post
    I'm thinking if there are any dialect differences that could perhaps show some split in tribes. I know Norwegian dialects can sound vastly different and that it caused the bokmål/nynorsk split in modern times. In Sweden, the easiest way of telling what tribe a region belongs to is listening to the dialects. We have the Swedish dialects, the Geatish dialects and the dialects with a Danish origin. Could Norwegian dialects tell us something like this too, or is the differences in the dialects mostly due to modern changes, like the many years of Danish rule which may have distorted some dialects.

    While most people in the city used danish language to write, dialects were intact even during all the hundred years we were under danish rule. Bokmål and nynorsk are not spoken languages. Nynorsk is based on many of norwegian dialects and bokmål is a norwegian version of danish. The differences in dialects come because of geographic isolation, I think Norway has many more dialects than Sweden and Denmark. Iceland have no dialects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    While most people in the city used danish language to write, dialects were intact even during all the hundred years we were under danish rule. Bokmål and nynorsk are not spoken languages. Nynorsk is based on many of norwegian dialects and bokmål is a norwegian version of danish. The differences in dialects come because of geographic isolation, I think Norway has many more dialects than Sweden and Denmark. Iceland have no dialects.
    Sweden probably did have as many accents as Norway, but since Sweden has less isolated parts, accents may have merged somewhat more than they have in Norway. After all, in older days a small village could have their very own accent, different from other villages.

    It is also a matter of what someone considers to be a dialect. Someone who grew up in a region may hear all sorts of differences between dialects in a quite small region or area, while outsiders think it is just the same dialect. Many Swedes for example, would think Norway has only one or two dialects.

    Clarification: In my opening post I speak of some regions, but it's not clear what regions I refer to. I meant the historic lands of Skåneland/East-Denmark, Götaland and Svealand (not to be confused with the modern definitions though).

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    You should read Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson. I haven't read all of it, but it revolves all around the Norwegian Kings and their people.

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