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From runestones it's pretty clear that the Vikings used a predominantly ten-based system, but without symbols for numbers other than abbreviations. So I think the Viking lady is right on that one.

Not using symbols for numbers, I don't think there was millennialism as such as in the magic of big, round numbers. Or at least I haven't heard of it.

The Twilight of the Gods on Norse mythology is interesting because it becomes less clear the more one studies it. Has it happened? Is it going to happen? An interpretation I have come across is that what we see is a mix of a cyclic myth with death and re-birth of the world colored by the three year winter 536-539 AD as Fimbulwinter and interpreted through and adopted to a Christian world by Snorre. That could explain the variations and unclear time frame.

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 11th, 2017 at 03:15:20 PM EST
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