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Old January 11th, 2018, 01:26 PM   #1
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Lithuanians and Latvians


Perhaps, Estonians too.

What do you know about them? What do you know about history and culture?
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Me? Next to nothing. Estonians make tough troops, I'm told be someone who served alongside them in Helmand!
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Lithuanians: Battle of Tannenberg, the last European pagans and Rzeczpospolita. I know virtually nothing about their northern neighbours aside from Estonians being related to Finns and Hungarians/ and Livonian & Teutonic orders.

Speaking about Teutonic crusaders, the site of the battle was not Grunwald but Grunefeld. This link explains how the field became forest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grunwa...an_Voivodeship

EDIT: The son of the king who did win this battle died heroically near the city i live. As a crusader. heh

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Old January 12th, 2018, 02:27 AM   #4
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Their languages are not like most european, the lithuanian and Latvian ones being from "baltic" branch of indoeuropean, the estonian being related to Finnish and Hungarian.
The area became "christian" only later than most of the rest of Europe, and after much crusading. Not least by danish, but also swedish, and "Teutonic" order and other warrior-monastic orders, that also made their own state. Danes made an crusade, and conquered Estonia about 1219, with help from auxilliary troops from slavic areas of the southern baltic (now german), that were by the way themselves newly "converted", by use of no little armed force. The name "Talinn" should mean like "danes city"?, but I am not sure, since I donīt understand estonian. Later much of the area came under swedish rule for a long period, and only from the beginning of 18.th century the russians took it. Lithuania was also the last great pagan state of Europe (untill the fifteenth century, and a very large territory) as far as I know, and fought many crusading armies with some succes. Riga was also founded by crusaders of the 13.th. century, while Vilnius was a once pagan Capital of Lithuania.
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Me? Next to nothing. Estonians make tough troops, I'm told be someone who served alongside them in Helmand!
I don't know much about Lithuanians much either, except that our Lithuanians of Grodno regions have surnames with suffixes aite or ene regardless of their sex and marital status. I know about Dzukai. Their households, grandmothers. I played with them when I was sent to my grandmother living in a village in Postavskiy district. I am Belarusian of Vitebsk region.
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Lithuanians & Latvians: I heard their language are very ''clean'' indo-european descendants and similar to the extinct thracian language. And I know they had some close calls with the germans.

Estonians: Relatives of the Finnish. Fond of shamanism.
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Lithuanians & Latvians: I heard their language are very ''clean'' indo-european descendants and similar to the extinct thracian language. And I know they had some close calls with the germans.

Estonians: Relatives of the Finnish. Fond of shamanism.
That was written 100 years ago or so. Most similar language to standard Lithuanian is Latvian followed by Belarusian in terms of loan-words and phonetics.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 05:39 AM   #8
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Dzukai (eastern Lithuanians, original Lithuanians) and north-western Belarusians are inseparable. The only difference is the language.
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That was written 100 years ago or so.
What was?

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Most similar language to standard Lithuanian is Latvian followed by Belarusian in terms of loan-words and phonetics.
Yeah I agree.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 07:42 AM   #10
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Yeah I agree.
About similarities of Lithuanian and Thracian. Lithuanian and Latvian are living languages, while Thracian is a reconstruction based on hydronyms and toponyms stated by a single person 100 years ago that Lithuanian (Baltic) maybe similar to Thracian. Nonsense.
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