Norse mythology - Karelia

  • Ívarr inn víðfaðmi / Ivar Vidfamne (Wide-fathoming) - died in Karelia
    • Ivar's daughter Auðr in djúpúðga (Auðr the Deep-Minded (Ívarsdóttir))
  • Hörð - died with Ivar Vidfamne in Karelia
  • Karelia (Karjálabotnar) - border of Raðbarð's kingdom, Garðaríki
  • Grímr, ruler of Kirjálabotn (Karelia) (Hálfdanar saga Eysteinssonar)
  • Sviði, 2nd ruler of Kirjálabotn in Hálfdanar saga
  • Eric Anundsson / Eirik Eymundson conquered Kirjalaland (Karelia) in Heimskringla, Óláfs saga ins helga
  • in Fagrskinna, jarl Svein made a plundering expedition in Austrríki and also in Kirjálaland 
Fornjót (Old Norse: Fornjótr) is a jötunn in Norse mythology, and the father of Hlér ('sea'), Logi ('fire') and Kári ('wind').
Karelians are Kári's descendants (according to Cristfried Ganander)

Faravid was a legendary King of Kvenland who is mentioned in the Icelandic Egils saga from the early 13th century. According to the saga, Faravid made an alliance with Norwegians to fight against Karelian invaders.

According to Icelandic chronicles, Kvens were raiding in northern Norway in 1271
"Then Karelians (Kereliar) and Kvens (Kvænir) pillaged widely in Hålogaland (Hálogalandi)."

viking age was "karelians' golden age"
"Karelia was something of a late-comer to the Viking world, but it would flourish as perhaps the most influential of the Finnic tribes of north of the Gulf of Finland. The heart-lands of Karelian culture were the regions around Lake Ladoga, especially the western shore and Käkisalmi, which was perhaps the most important Karelian settlement"

According to Mervi Koskela Vasaru's theory the Bjarmians were assimilated into the Karelians, because they disappear from written sources in the 13th century (Koskela Vasaru 2008).

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