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37 royal origin in the system of dependency by taking oaths from them and, when possible, converting them to Christianity. An all-dominating factor in the politics of the region was the existence of two branches of the royal family engaged in never-ending combat over the ultimate power. In the repeating configurations two brothers could reign jointly, sometimes adopting one more co-ruler, at another time one of the claimants was strong enough to rule alone, while brothers, cousins and nephews in exile were trying to find sponsors and collect resources which could secure their return to Denmark.

27 The search for the original Rus’ was generally a purely linguistic activity. In this special position was occupied by Danish linguist Vilhelm Thomsen. 28 In this most influential book, Thomsen offered a detailed analysis of a theory based on older assumptions, first forwarded in 1744 by J. Thunmann, that the name of Russia was not Slavic but originated from a Finnish denomination of Sweden—Ruotsi. 29 After his work, the detailed analysis of this issue was conducted almost continually. The name of the Swedes received in Ingelheim—Rhos—is understood as a Latin form of Greek word Ros.

When a great man among them dies, they erect for him a tomb like a spacious house, they place him in it and with him his clothes and the gold bracelets which he used to wear, and abundance of food and jars of wine and money also, and they place with him in the tomb his wife whom he loved, while she is still alive, and the door of the tomb is sealed upon her and she dies there64 Though at some points this account leaves doubts about the realities behind it, or at least raise suspicions of later contamination, it is the most detailed information about the society of early Rus we have.

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