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The Destinies of Varangians in 11th- to 12th-century Rus’: (Yakun the ‘Blind’, S(h)imon and his son George)

New Norse Studies: A Journal on the Literature and Culture of Medieval Scandinavia. 2019. No. 1.

The present paper focuses on the obscure evidence of the Tale of Bygone Years: according to the Chronicle in 1024 a Varangian prince, named Yakun, lost (lit. ‘fled from’) his gold-woven robe at the end of the Listven’ battle. In order to clarify this fragment parallels from the Old Norse King sagas are drawn, allowing not only to identify this historical character, but also to explain the meaning of his action. Apparently, we have here another valuable testimony of Scandinavian-East Slavonic cultural contacts from the 11th century.