[Northkeep] Norse whale names (FYI for factiods)
jack_a_lope31 at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 9 16:56:52 PDT 2005
Im not sure that the Vikings actually hunted sperm whales. If I read
correctly, they tended to harvest the smaller whales.
>Hval is norse (I think Hvalr is plural) for whale, and is pronounced
>"hWall", or "whale".
>Although I can find a some specific variations, for example Narhval,
>Hvalrus, and Rorhval ("wrinkled whale" or blue whale), walfisch, etc.
the Narvhal mentioned by Diarmid is actually the Narwhal, thought to be the
origination of the Unicorn myth and the horns were highly prized by the
Vikings and their gathering of the horns was a highly guarded secret from
the rest of Europe.
the Hvalrus mentioned is actually not a whale, but a tusked member closely
related to Sea Lions and Seals and is known in English as the Walrus.
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