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Old January 19th, 2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Was Viking king Halfdan the Black an African?


Outlandish as it seems there is a book based on this theory. What are your thoughts on this?

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Old January 19th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #2

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well remember that, back then, the word "black" didnt just refer to the color or ethnicity we know today. its also meant evil, wicked, things like that. in fact, who gave halfdan his epithet, anyway? it may very well have been his victims calling him evil
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Outlandish as it seems there is a book based on this theory. What are your thoughts on this?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/22125773/V...k-Coakley-FREE

I don't believe that you can say someone was black just because the epithet that is given to them is that color. I'm sure we all know that Erik the Red's skin color wasn't actually red.

This book is a work of fiction and not claiming to be strongly based on history, right? From what I saw it claimed to be a novel.
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Personally i don't believe it but think it would be an interesting issue to discuss. The book's not a bad read either
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Could the mother be a Moorish woman? A slave brought up North, then taken as booty? Who knows.
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that woulld be on the impossibble side right i mean do thay actually have any real proof that he was black????

the book doesnt really seem to have any thorough historical backing so im gonna say nah its not true
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Could the mother be a Moorish woman? A slave brought up North, then taken as booty? Who knows.
The Moors weren't black though; even with a Moorish mother he still could have had a fairly light complexion.
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algerian moors are black.
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but did the vikings even go that far south?
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but did the vikings even go that far south?
They made raids on the Arabs, so they easily could have...
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