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Nór (Old Norse Nórr) or Nori is firstly a merchantile title and secondly a Norse boy name. It is in Norse sources stated that Nór is the founder of Norway (i.e. 'Nór's way' or Norge, 'Nór's kingdom') from which the land supposedly got its name. Old Norse is the Germanic language once spoken by the inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until the 13th century. ...

Some have proposed, althought very speculative, that the story about the two brothers Nór and Gór in Old Norse legends represents a racial contrast and hints how the country were peopled by two ancestors, Nór and Gór.


Chronicon Lethrense

The Chronicle of Lejre (Chronicon Lethrense) written about 1170 introduces a primeval King Ypper of Uppsala whose three sons were Dan who afterwards ruled Denmark, Nori who afterwards ruled Norway, and Østen who afterwards ruled the Swedes. But the account then speaks only of the descendants of Dan. The Chronicon Lethrense (Chronicle of Lejre or Chronicle of Leire) is an early chronicle of legendary Danish kings preserved in the fourteenth century Latin Annals of Lund. ... Events December 29: Assassination of Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Canterbury cathedral Eleanor of Aquitaine leaves the court of Henry II because of a string of infidelities. ... This article is about the modern city of Uppsala. ... Dan is the name of one or more legendary kings of the Danes in medieval Scandinavian texts. ...

Icelandic accounts


Parallel but not quite identical accounts of Nór the eponym of Norway appear in Fundinn Noregr ('Norway Found'), hereafter called F, which begins the Orkneyinga saga, and in Hversu Noregr byggdist ('How Norway was Settled'), hereafter called B, both found in the Flatey Book. The Orkneyinga saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney) is an unique historical narrative of the history of the Orkney Islands from their capture by the Norwegian king in the 9th century onwards until about 1200 AD. The saga was written around 1200 AD by an unknown... Hversu Noregr byggdist (Old Norse Hversu Noregr byggðist) meaning How Norway was inhabited, which survives only in the Flatey Book, is a account of the origin of various legendary Norwegian lineages. ... The Flatey Book, (in Icelandic the Flateyjarbók Flat-island book) is one of the most important medieval Icelandic manuscripts. ...

About Thorri

King Thorri (Þorri 'fozen snow'), king of Götaland, Finland, and Kvenland in B, was son of Snær ('Snow') the Old, a descendant of Fornjót (ruler of Finland and Kvenland in F). See Snær and Fornjót for further information. Götaland, Gothia, Gothland [1], Gotland (AHD), Gautland or Geatland, is a historical land of Sweden, and was once divided into petty kingdoms. ... ... Fornjót (Old Norse Fornjótr) is an ancient giant in Norse mythology, the father of Kári (a personification of wind), of Logi (a personification of fire), and of Hlér or Ægir (the ruler of the sea). ...

Both accounts state that great sacrifice was made yearly at mid-winter, either offered by Thorri (F) or offered by the Kvens to Thorri (B), whence was derived both the name of the mid-winter sacrifice and the name of the winter month Thorri corresponding to late January and early February in the Roman calendar.. The Roman calendar changed its form several times in the time between the foundation of Rome and the fall of the Roman Empire. ...

Thorri was father of two sons named Nór and Gór (Górr) and a daughter named Gói ('thin snow, track-snow').

The story of Nór

One year, at the time of Thorri's Sacrifice, Gói the daughter of King Thorri suddenly vanished. Thorri held a second feast the following month hoping to learn what had become of Gói. That sacrifice was afterward also observed regularly and known as Gói's Sacrifice and the name of the month was thence named Gói.

When Gói was still not found after three years, her brothers Nór and Gór set out separately in search of her with many folk in their following, Nór and his folk going by land on skies while Gór went by ship and searched the islands and skerries.

Eventually Nór and his following came to the Kjölen Mountains (the Keel) and passed into was later to be called Norway, defeating any who opposed him. F relates in particular that Nór defeated the folk around what as later called the Trondheim fjörd, that Nór also took possession of the eastern lands near Lake Mjors (modern Lake Mjøsen), then slew King Sokni, the eponym of Sokna Dale (modern Sogndal) and Sognefjörd (modern Sognefjorden) and took possession of his kingdom. But B mentions instead the defeat of four kings named Véi, Vei, Hunding (Hundingr), and Heming(Hemingr). The municipality Sogndal in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, has 6,604 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... An arm of the Sognefjord Sognefjorden (or Sognefjord, the suffix -en is a form of the definite article in the Norwegian language) is the second largest fjord in the world after Scoresby Sund on Greenland, and the largest in Norway. ...

Then, in Heidemark (approximately the modern region of Hedemarken in the more extensive province of Hedmark), Nór met with King Hrólf of the Hill (Hrólfr í Bergr). Hrólf was son of the giant Svadi (Svaði) from Dovre Mountain in the north. According to B Hrólf's mother was Áshild (Áshildr) daughter of King Eystein of Heidemark. It was this Hrólf who had taken Gói captive and had then made her his wife. Nór and Hrólf came to terms (after a long single combat according to F). Hrólf kept Gói as his wife and Nór aftewards married Hrólf's sister (called Hödd in B) and became Nór's man. Hedmark is a county in Norway, bordering Sør-Trøndelag, Oppland and Akershus. ... For the city in Wisconsin, see Dovre, Barron County, Wisconsin. ...

Both accounts relate that Gór eventually joined Nór and the two brothers made an agreement that Nór would rule all the mainland but Gór would rule all islands around the mainland, that he would be lord over any island that was separated from the mainland by a channel through which a ship with a fixed rudder was able to pass. The mainland was then named Norway (Noregr) after Nór. Nór's new kingdom is now said to have been what is south-eastern Norway today, as it extended from Jötunheim mountains in the north to what was later known as Álfheim (roughly the modern Bahusia) in the south, the southern border of Nór's land being what is now the Glomma river whose southwestern course is not very far inside the southeastern border of modern Norway. Jotunheim is the world of the giants (two types: rock and frost, collectively called Jotuns) in the Norse Mythology. ... Bahusia, or Bohuslän, is a historical Sweden. ... Glomma, sometimes written Glåma, is the longest river in Norway. ...

The sons and grandsons and later descendants of Nór continually divided their inheritances among themselves so that Norway became filled with many small kingdoms and lordships.

Descendants of Nór

Sons of Nór

According to B, Nór's sons by Hödd were Thránd (Þrándr) and Gard (Garðr). B later brings in another son of Nór named Raum (Raumr). Presumably either Raum had another mother than Hödd or Raum's name has accidently dropped out from the earlier listing of Hödd's sons.


Thránd ruled Trondheim (Þrándheimr) which was named after him and refers approximately to Sør-Trøndelag the most southern parts of Nord-Trøndelag rather than to the city now called Trondheim. Sør-Trøndelag is a county in the area Trøndelag in Norway, bordering Nord-Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Oppland and Hedmark. ... County NO-17 Region Trøndelag Administrative centre Steinkjer County mayor Inger Lise Gjørv Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 6 22,412 km² 6. ... Trondheim (Icelandic name: Þrándheimur; Lithuanian name: Trondheimas; former German name: Drontheim) is a city and municipality in the county of Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. ...

Eireks saga víðförla ('The Saga of Eirek the Traveller') also brings in Thrand as the first king to regin of Trondheim. Thrand's ancestry is not given here, but he is the father of Eirek the Traveller (Eirekr inn víðfǫrli) the hero of the saga.

Hálfdanar saga Eysteinssonar ('Saga of Halfdan Eystein's son') states instead that Trondheim was named from King Thránd, the father of Eirek the Traveller, but also states that Thrand was son of King Sæming of Hálogaland, son of Odin, and that Thránd's mother and Sæming's wife was Nauma after whom Naumu Dale was named. For more on Sæming see Sons of Odin. Thrand's wife is here said to be Dagmær sister of Svanhvít the wife of Hrómund Grip's son, the protagonist of Hrómundar saga Gripssonar. The saga says that Eystein, son of Thrand and Dagmær, married Ása, a daughter of Sigurd Hart (the maternal grandfather of Harald Fairhair), and she bore him Halfdan, the hero of the saga. This places Thrand just three generations back from Harald Fairhair. But this saga seems to be a late and untraditional creation, dating only to the early 14th century. Hålogaland was the northernmost of the Norwegian provinces. ... For other meanings of Odin and Wotan see Odin (disambiguation) Odin (Old Norse Óðinn, Swedish Oden) is usually considered the supreme god of Germanic and Norse mythology. ... Various gods and men appear as Sons of Odin or Sons of Woden in old Old Norse and Old English texts. ... Harald I (b. ... (13th century - 14th century - 15th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 14th century was that century which lasted from 1301 to 1400. ...


Gard son of Nór was also called Gard Agdi (Garðr Agði), apparently as ruler of Agdir (Agðir): the modern counties of Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder. Gard Agdi's descendants ruled the southwestern regions of Norway. See Gard Agdi for details. Vest-Agder is a county in Norway, bordering Rogaland and Aust-Agder. ... County NO-09 Region Sørlandet Administrative centre Arendal County mayor Oddvar Skaiaa Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 14 9,157 km² 2. ... Gard Agdi (Old Norse Garðr Agði) appears in the legendary genealogies of Hversu Noregr byggdist as one of the three sons of Nór, the legendary first king of Norway, and as ruler and ancestor of rulers over southwestern Norway. ...

Raum the Old

Raum inherited south-eastern Norway and also the northwestern valley of the Rauma river to the western sea which waters the region called Raums Dale (modern Romsdal). Raum in this account also ruled the land of Álfheim to the south. See Raum the Old for further details on Raum and his descendants. Romsdal is the name of a valley and landscape in mid-Norwegian county Møre og Romsdal. ... Raum the Old (Old Norse Raumr inn gamli) is a legendary king in Norway in the Hversu Noregr byggdist and in Thorsteins saga Víkingssonar. ...

Descendants of Gór

Gór had sons named Heiti and Beiti (and according to B two other sons named Meitir and Geitir). Heiti and Beiti often made war against the sons of Nór.

Beiti the sea-king had one of his ships put on sledge runners and so passed in the ship over the snow-covered land starting from what was afterwards called Beitstad on Beitstadfjörd from Beiti's named and passing north across Ellidæid (Elliðæið 'Galley-neck') to Naumu Dale (Naumudal) with his father Gór in the ship with his hand on the tiller. So, by the agreement that had been made between Nór and Gór, the land between the path of the ship and the sea became Beiti's.

The names of Beiti's descendants are missing from B. Heiti the sea-king was the father of Svadi (Svaði). Geitir was father of Glammi and Gylfi; and Meitir the sea-king was father of two sons named Mævil and Myndil (Myndill), Myndil being father of two sons named Ekkil (Ekkill) and Skekkil (Skekkill).

But F speaks only of Nór's son Heiti as the father of Sveidi (Sveiði) the father of Halfdan the Old, who confusingly is named identically to Halfdan the Old who is a descendant of Nór. But it is from Halfan the Old who is called a descendant of Gór from whom springs at last the Jarls of Orkney who are the subject of the Orkneyinga saga. See Halfdan the Old to follow this lineage further. The Orkney Islands form one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, and are a Lieutenancy Area. ... Halfdan the Old (Old Norse Hálfdanr gamli and Hálfdanr inn gamli) was an ancient, legendary king from whom descended many of the most notable lineages of legend. ...

Alternative spellings

Alternative Anglicizations are: Glói: Gloi ; Gór: Gorr ; Hrólf: Hrolf, Rolf ; Nór: Norr ; Forniot, Forniotr ; Hlér: Hler ; Jökul: Jokul, Iökul ; Kári: Kari ; Snær: Snaer, Snœr, Snow ; Véi: Vee.

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