Very much part of this success story was the legendary Varangian
Guard, the elite body of axe-bearing Northmen sworn to remain loyal to the true Christian emperor of the Romans.
The next example is of two similar Greek troparia of the second mode: the troparion to Sts Martyrs Akindin, Pigasios, and Anempodist (commemoration 2 November) (81) and the troparion to Sts 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia (commemoration 28 December) (82)--and two Russian troparia of the same mode: the troparion to St Theodore Varangian
and his son John (commemoration 12 July) (83) and the troparion to St John of Kazan (commemoration 24 January), (84) created according to the Greek model (see tables 13-14 and 15-16).
reluctance in the case of Varangian
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(220) The relationship between the two cultures advanced so much so that in 988 the Byzantine Emperor Basil II requested aid from Vladimir the Great, Russian Grand Prince of Kiev, which resulted in the creation of the Varangian
Guard, one of the most interesting cross-cultural military orders.
He was also a patron of the Varangian
Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.
Ragnvaldr, a man of the North enlisted in the renowned Varangian
Guard, is ordered to guard her during a period of house arrest for defying the emperor.
They're currently in the UK touring new album Stand Up And Fight, which continues the saga of 2007's The Varangian
Way but, according to frontman Mathias Nyg...rd, "has much more to offer the contemporary listener."
That Turisas have been so long absent from these shores is due to the fact that, since the release of their second album The Varangian
Way, the world has gained an insatiable appetite for Battle Metal.
Tolkien; Finntroll (Ur Jordens Djup [Century Media Records 8319, 2007]) fuses metal with humppa (a traditional Finish dance music); the folk ensemble Kor-piklaani turned into a metal band and recorded Tales Along This Road (Napalm 186, 2006), and the "battle metal" group Turisas (The Varangian
Way [EMI Music 77580, 2007]), adapted fantasy/folk elements and instrumentation into its metal style.