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December 15, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Only once, a thousand years ago during the Viking period, did a Nordic influence briefly dominate, with Scandinavian warriors ranging from the East Coast of North America--500 years before Christopher Columbus--to the Black and Caspian seas. The Norse admiringly described the attacking frenzies of their finest warriors as a state of being "berserk"--a Norse word absorbed into English. The Vikings also gave the name "Russ" to the Slavs who later adopted it for themselves as Russian.
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December 15, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Only once, a thousand years ago during the Viking period, did a Nordic influence briefly dominate, with Scandinavian warriors ranging from the East Coast of North America--500 years before Christopher Columbus--to the Black and Caspian seas. The Norse admiringly described the attacking frenzies of their finest warriors as a state of being "berserk"--a Norse word absorbed into English. The Vikings also gave the name "Russ" to the Slavs who later adopted it for themselves as Russian.
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