KNM Ægir or KNM Æger?

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KNM Ægir or KNM Æger?

Post  Oyvind on Sun 5 Dec 2010 - 15:23

The naval vessel named above was sunk near Stavanger on April 9, 1940
There is a discussion going on about the spelling i.e Æger or Ægir
People claim the vessel was actually named Æger despite the intention was Ægir
A picture of the vessel with name showing Willy settle the debate.

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Re: KNM Ægir or KNM Æger?

Post  AltforNorge on Sun 5 Dec 2010 - 20:34

There was three Norwegian Naval vessels, all with the name Æger.

1. a 2. class gunship in service from 1894 to 1932.
2. a Sleipner class destroyer commissioned in 1938. Sunk 1940
3. a Sleipner class corvette in service from 1967 to 1992.

My brother was serving on the last Æger for some years.

All three are displayed as models at Marinemuseet, Horten and at Forsvarsmueet..

All three bear the name Æger
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Why Æger?

Post  Oyvind on Wed 8 Dec 2010 - 18:55

Ægir is the Norse mythology name intended as naval ships were given Norse mythology names (Tor, Gyller, Sleipner etc.).
Æger in todays vocabulary means nothing so I wonder if Æger was the spelling of "Ægir" in the 19th century
when the first ship was baptised and thus to be consistent later vessels were simply given the same name?

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Re: KNM Ægir or KNM Æger?

Post  AltforNorge on Wed 8 Dec 2010 - 20:25

Oyvind wrote:I wonder if Æger was the spelling of "Ægir" in the 19th century
when the first ship was baptised and thus to be consistent later vessels were simply given the same name?

A good guess. Many names were altered later to be more consistent with the "old spelling" Hjørundfjord in Møre og Romsdal at one time was written "Jørgenfjord" by the Danes. To alter spelling of words is relative easy. To alter names of names are more diffucoult. People are used to the old names. Ørsten was altered to Ørsta, Volden was altered to Volda. Not to mention when war almost broke out Laughing between those campaigning for Trondhjem and those campaigning for Trondheim.
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Re: KNM Ægir or KNM Æger?

Post  ervold on Sat 11 Dec 2010 - 1:46

Oyvind wrote:Ægir is the Norse mythology name intended as naval ships were given Norse mythology names (Tor, Gyller, Sleipner etc.).
Æger in todays vocabulary means nothing so I wonder if Æger was the spelling of "Ægir" in the 19th century
when the first ship was baptised and thus to be consistent later vessels were simply given the same name?

Ægir eller Æger er den jotnen som rår for havet. Han er gift med Ran (Rån) og har ni døtre, det er bølgene. Rån fanger druknede sjømenn i garnet sitt. Hvert år holder Ægir fest for jotnene. Han står for bryggingen av øl og har mengder av gull. Han er absolutt en del av den norske mytologien. Han hører mer hjemme som skipsnavn enn for eksempel Tor.

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