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    Wink The journey of Ingvar den Vittfarne - Ingvar the Far-travelled




    The most well-known runic stone telling about Ingvar's journey is
    located at Gripsholm, the county of Södermanland south of Stockholm.


    The journey of Ingvar den Vittfarne (Ingvar the Far-travelled) in the 11th century.

    Interesting inscriptions on about 30 rune-stones in the Swedish provinces of
    Södermanland, Uppland and Östergötland tell us about a great expedition
    into the east led by a captain called Ingvar.

    The Ingvar stones, as they are called, mention steersmen, ship´s captains
    and navigators. Ingvar was a chieftain, probably from the "Uppsala family",
    son of the great man Emund, grandson of king Erik Segersäll. The expedition
    set about somewhere between 1036-1040 AD, when Ingvar was about
    25 years old.

    Archaeologists have argued about the precise course of Ingvar´s voyage,
    since the stones are not specific and the only written source that mentions
    the journey is a later medieval saga, in which the truth is difficult to
    determine. It is likely, however, that Ingvar followed the route to
    Byzantium, sailed around the Black Sea and made his way overland to
    "Serkland" the land of the Saracens (probably the land of the Abbasid
    Califat, with Baghdad as their capital) around the Caspian Sea. The
    expedition seems to have met with some terrible disaster ( perhaps the
    plague) in the present Georgia, and few, or none returned to the Mälaren
    region.

    The stones erected by the parents and friends of those who died, perhaps
    raised many years later, serve both as a fitting tribute to the Viking
    ideology and as a memorial to a voyage that was the equal and more of the
    great journeys of the 9th and 10th centuries. One of the stones from
    Gripsholm, Södermanland, bears the following inscription:



    "Like men they travelled far for gold, And in the east they fed the eagle,
    In the south they died, in Serkland".


    :whine
    http://www.vittfarne.com


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    Post Re: The journey of Ingvar den Vittfarne - Ingvar the Far-travelled

    This is cool, thank you! I know there are other such Rune Stones so please post more translations if you have them. I have a some books about them, but they are packed away.

    I like this type of tribute - we should resurrect the practice.

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    Exclamation Vikings returning to the Caucasus



    Vikings sailing back to Georgia and Azerbaijan

    For the last several years, a group of Swedish modern day Viking enthusiasts have been building a boat and making plans to retrace the probable river routes that they think were followed. Their aim is to carry out historical research, as well as to develop international relations and goodwill with those they meet along the route. The expedition is scheduled for late spring of 2004 with hopes of reaching Baku by August.

    In 1036, Ingvar den Vittfarne (Ingvar, The One Who Travelled Far) a Viking chief, led a fleet from what is now known as Sweden to the Caspian Sea . He navigated the Russian waterways to the Black Sea and from there, most probably continued down the Georgian river Rioni. After hauling his boats across land, he is believed to have continued his journey via the Mtkvari River in Georgia, which is known as Kur in Azerbaijan south eastward to the Caspian. It is believed that Vittfarne even reached as far as Gara Bugaz located in present-day Turkmenistan.

    However, on his return voyage, Ingvar and many of the men who accompanied him are believed to have become ill and died. Only a few men survived to tell the story. This fated expedition is mentioned on at least 26 of the 1,000 runic stones known to exist in Sweden. The tragedy is also referred to in an Icelandic saga.


    http://www.vittfarne.com





    Tentative sailing plan:

    Zmievka (Kherson) - Yevpatoria 30/4 - 15/5 2004
    Yevpatoria - Novorossijsk 16/5 - 29/5
    Novorossijsk - Poti 30/5 - 14/6
    Poti - Kwichkhethi 15/6 - 28/6
    Kwichkhethi - Kirzan 29/6 - 13/7
    Kirzan - Schuschun 14/7 - 27/7
    Schuschun - Baku 28/7 - 12/8








    Some links to articles about Expedition Vittfarne:

    http://www.scandinavica.com

    http://www.4minkriflj.mil.se/index.php?c=news&id=26528

    http://www.day.az/news/showbiz/12259.html

    http://www.525ci.com/2004/09/02/readru.php?m=8&id=1

    http://www.bakusun.az/cgi-bin/ayten/....cgi?code=6443

    http://www.bakusun.az/cgi-bin/ayten/....cgi?code=6371

    http://www.newscentralasia.com/modul...rticle&sid=813

    http://www.st.nu/nyheter/lokalt.php?...ikel&id=401521

    http://w1.sydsvenskan.se/Article.jsp...t=7&textlist=8

    http://www.sydostran.se/002.lasso?id=23152&lay=nyheter

    http://www.illvet.com/Crosslink.jsp?...a=1218&id=8711

    http://www.lararnastidning.net/LT_Ou...ticleStateID=2

    http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle...618B217A3.html

    http://gazeta.sebastopol.ua/2004/23/viking.shtml

    http://www.kafanews.com/?link=1&nn=1278

    http://www.mk.ru/numbers/1187/article35372.htm

    http://www.pankisi.info/media/?page=ru&id=3078

    http://www.echo-az.com/archive/2004_...hestvo01.shtml

    http://mediapress.media-az.com/14060412.html

    http://diaspora.az/new/az/newsview.p...s_id=200406214

    http://tvp.pl/View?Cat=2741&id=135916

    http://www.sknews.ru/arc/_SK/2004/24/nomer/zakav.htm

    http://www.radiomayak.ru/last_news/04/06/20/30361.html

    http://www.kuban.kp.ru/2004/06/15/doc25417/

    http://newsgeorgia.ru/news.html?nws_...ate=2004-06-10

    http://www.newsgeorgia.ru/news.html?nws_id=233970

    http://www.scandinavica.com/culture/.../vittfarne.htm

    http://www.azer.com/aiweb/categories...gs_coming.html

    http://www.azernews.net/view.php?d=2585

    http://gazeta.sebastopol.ua/2003/47/viking.shtml

    http://www.novosti.zp.ua/2003/11/13/34690.html

    http://www.mirtv.ru/rubrics/4/2874_1.htm

    http://www.novost.net/view.php?d=1761

    http://www.podrobnosti.com.ua/histor...20/128445.html

    http://rian.ru/society/20040610/609586.html

    http://mynews-in.net/news/rest/2004/05/26/318760.html

    http://www.korabel.ru/news/view/press/1087803174.html

    http://www.polit.ru/news/2004/06/20/vikgruz.popup.html

    http://kavkaz.memo.ru/newstext/news/id/665496.html

    http://www.vdvsn.ru/papers/ks/2004/03/06/23366/

    http://news.mail.ru//news.html?430320

    http://antenna.com.ua/news.php?id=590

    http://www.antenna.com.ua/news.php?1086

    http://www.batnytt.com/bn_2004/bn6_04/samm5_bn6_04.html

    http://aktuelarkaeologi.squarespace....vittfarne.html

    http://www.utsidan.se/ndb/paddling/notis/1090.htm

    http://www.pophist.se/editorial/historicnews.asp?id=639

    http://www.pophist.se/editorial/news.asp?id=380

    http://www.taurnet.se/historia/ingvartog.htm



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    Thumbs Up The Science Week in Orsay, the Valley of Science, in Paris

    The Science Week in Orsay, the Valley of Science, in Paris.






    On Sunday 17 October the jury will award the winner of the Prix Jeunesse 2004 - The Image and Science Competition.

    The film about preparations for Expedition Vittfarne is nominated and competing.

    http://www.mairie-orsay.fr/sciences2...e_jeunesse.htm



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    The Swedish Television and its programme the Science Magazine participate in the competition about the Japan Broadcasting Corporation's (NHK) Japan Prize 2004 and is nominated with the programme about the preparations of Expedition Vittfarne.



    The competition takes place in Tokyo between 26 October and 2 November 2004.

    The prize award will take place on 2 November.

    http://www.nhk.or.jp/jp-prize/open.html



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    The documentary from the expedition will be released by the Swedish Television in March 2005.

    Expedition Vittfarne

    http://www.vittfarne.com


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    Post The Documentary from Expedition Vittfarne on the Swedish Television

    The Documentary from Expedition Vittfarne on the Swedish Television




    "Vittfarne" will be shown on the Swedish Television (SVT 2)
    28 March at 19.00 Hours
    31 March at 16.25 Hours

    http://svt.se




    "Vittfarne" will also be shown on the satellite channel SVT Europe
    28 March at 23.35 Hours
    31 March at 13.10 Hours

    http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=14504

    "Vittfarne" - a Swedish documentary from 2004 (60 minutes).



    The summer 2004 the Association Vittfarne made a scientific expedition in the wake of the Swedish viking chieftain Ingvar the fartravelled one. Ingvar and his men are believed to have made the same journey eastwards with 30 ships during 1036-1041. The journey, which is described at around 30 runic stones in central Sweden, in the Islandic Saga and in the Georgian Chronicle, started at the village Zmievka (Kherson Oblast), went through Russia and Georgia, to Baku in Azerbaijan. The scientific expedition lasted more than three months and the Swedish Television had a photographer on board from the start to the end.

    Read more at:

    http://www.vittfarne.com

    http://www.scandinavica.com


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    Post Re: The journey of Ingvar den Vittfarne - Ingvar the Far-travelled

    Heard about this guy, translate his name to Norwegian and he is my name brother...
    "A king should have honor, not a long life."

    - King Magnus Barefoot (1093 - 1103)

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