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Another thing Germanics (both Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon) were fond of were riddles and plays on words. For example, the name of hero "Beowulf" literally means "Bee-Wolf", which was a riddle for "Bear", as it is an allusion to the fact that bears love honey.
Known as a kenning, e.g.
Food of the raven = dead,
Giver of gold = king.
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How about something like the Viking figurehead used on the German U-404 in WWII. Google U-404 for the image.
Yeah, I had to google it. Very cool looking. Thanks!
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You are bringing up good points. But I'm not really worried about names. The unit I've got in mind is more like the german condor legion from the Spanish civil war. "Volunteers" are assigned to "mercenary" units to get combat and operational training. And to test out new weapons and vehicles. According to the 1105 data, the worlds of the SWC that are still independent in 1202 were TL 10 and 11. According to the Regency source book they are become TL 12 and 13. They are going to need to learn how to use their new gear. These are not raiders in circa 1202, not 'proper' vikings. At least not yet. I'm planning of having them meet up with RC star vikings.

SWC: "How dare you call yourselves Star Vikings!"
RC: "What are you talking about?"
SWC: "WE'RE the real Star Vikings!"
RC: "Uh, ok?" Turns to nearby Regency officer and whispers "What is he talking about?"
Reg:Rolls eyes "Oh no, here we go again! Crazy swordies!"
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Also keep in mind that since I'm talking about Sword worlders, they will have things about their Scandinavian ancestors wrong. According to both the GIRPS and Mongoose books about the Sword worlds "These values took their roots from a romanticised re-telling of the Gramís history as much as from an even more romanticized version of the Viking Age on Old Terra." After all, if we can't agree on the details of what happened 1300 years ago on our own world, imagine what it will be like in another 3000 years, a thousand light years away.

"Some centuries past the Sword worlders had gone through a 'Viking' revival. They had tried to remake their society based on a highly romanticized vision of their ancient Scandinavian forebears. When Caroline was younger she had been a huge history buff and she had read some copies of the surviving history texts about the original Vikings. She had realized that they had gotten some of the major details of the real Vikings badly wrong. By modern standards most of the Scandinavians that had actually gone 'a Viking' would be classified as having serious mental illnesses. But, during the dark ages, what later generations would consider insane, were merely survival traits. Even admirable, heroic.
One of the other things that had stood out to Caroline in her studies was that those ancient peoples tended to see the humor in life. They lived, for the most part, short brutal lives. Yet they tried to, as much as possible, enjoy life. Somehow the sword worlders had missed that part. Her people tended to be grim, stoic, humorless even." Quote from "Here be dragons"
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