Happy Ragnar day!

Ragnar Lodbrock (Travis Fimmel) legendary Norse ruler and hero. See "Vikings" on History Channel
Nordstjernan just sent out this very fine photo of Ragnar, so happy namesday man!  (Did I mention that I like Vikings?) Having a name for every day of the year is an old tradition in Sweden, and one that used to trump birthdays.  Below I copied some of the text that explains the celebration.  It's a nice tradition, and a nice photograph. ;-)  I haven't heard of the Ragnar Relay Series but I guess it's a real bear.  Also for a laugh read on for the names of his many sons.  This link from Wikipedia made me smile.  Have a Happy Ragnar day!

The name Ragnar is celebrated on October 1, according to the Swedish “namsdag” calendar. It’s a masculine name with old Norse origin, meaning "warrior" or “strong army.” Ragnar was a legendary hero of early 9th century Scandinavia. In Sweden a “namnsdag” is celebrated like a little birthday, but in the U.S., it may inspire another kind of celebration. 
In 2004, it inspired some American runners who wanted to build their strength and together experience an outdoor adventure. They wanted to make testing limits a team sport; and the Ragnar Relay Series was born. Ten years later, the victories are growing in strength and numbers as Ragnar runners join overnight team relays in various places across the United States throughout the year as part of the largest overnight relay series in the nation. 
Famous men named Ragnar: 
Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus 
Ragnar Skanåker, Olympic and world-class pistol shooter 
Ragnar Persenius, bishop of Uppsala Diocese 
Ragnar Lodbrok, legendary Norse ruler and hero, now of popular video games and the 2013 historical drama series “Vikings”.

From http://www.nordstjernan.com/news/traditions/6638/


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