First of all, it would surely be great if we could have a real live member of our discussion group from Møre, Norway. They could probably add much and correct much that I am about to give to you.
A few months back I noticed a beautiful silver broach on a friend's dress and was told that it was from her native area of Norway. So I told her that our Sinclairs/St. Clairs' ancestor was Rollo s/o Rogenvald of Møre, Romsdal. She loaned me some books on the folk costumes (Bunads) of Norway in which I found the first good map. Get out an atlas now and look at Norway--mine just shows Norway. I wonder whether the Vikings realized that their country would someday look something like a dragon's head or the prow of their ships?
Do you see that there is a long neck running North to South. Down 2/3 of the way it bulges out into a longish oval like bulge. Just at this point of getting large--where a necklace would hang, there is a large fiord coming in from the west with a branch even going upwards. Keep going down the coast which is now sloping SW a bit and you will see another large fiord. This fiord cuts right into the center of Møre og Romsdal (does og mean "of " or "and"?) This district is shaped like a flattened heart with that large fiord the top inward thrust of the heart design. I can find Romsdal on other maps but never Møre. Why is that? What does it signify that it isn't on a map?
The book Sinclairs Family in by Morrison pg 21 says "Rogenwald, Earl of Maere (since the English typewriter can't accomodate Ø, it is necessary to express it by using "ae" only I really thought it should be "oe". Anyone know for sure?---) and Ruamdahl in Norway, considering Rogenwald as the 1st generation, and so marked. He was surnamed "the Rich" and was a great favorite of King Harold, called "Fairhair," ruler of Scandinavia. (is that exactly correct? Was all of Scandinavia united this early, or did he just have the biggest territory, live the longest, and more active to be noticed by semi-historians? Remember Finland is not Scandinavian. Do you know the Finns came from way over east of the bend in the Volga and their language is Finno-Ugrian. This makes them related to the Huns, Hungarians, Turks, and Estonians. And many of us have quite dark hair. I am 1/2 Finn. The blond Finns probably reflect a Swedish ancestry. So they had no linguistic connection to Danish, Swedish nor Norwegian. Finland has never had a king except later when Sweden or Russia was in charge)
"His (Rogenvald) wife was a near relative of the king. In 888 he received a grant of the Orkney Islands, and his son, Eynär became a permanent prince there, and which his descendants ruled for five centuries." (this letter "ä" seems to be a Swedish letter and not Norweigen. Did Morrison get mixed up or did he want to use the æ but couldn't? Or perhaps Eynär is a Swedish name. Any linguists out there? I know that at a very early time, it was hard to distinuish between people from these three countries because many times they had the same ruler.
Back to the Folk costumes. They are gorgeous but I was sad to find out that what I saw in these books and what we see in the media only reflect costumes developed from faded swatches and rememberances of people around 1900. It reminds me that the tartans worn today that are associated with a particular clan, would have been foreign to Prince Henry and even to John of Exeter who arrived here around 1650.
"The early Tartans were associated with a particular district -World Book Encyclopedia" ---(which could also mean with a particular family maybe, since families had their territory that they were identified with??) but it might also mean that when you moved away from your ancestrial territory to elsewhere in Scotland, that it would be expected that you would then wear the tartan of the new district.
"Later they were used to identify the chief clan or family of an arrea. Extra lines were added to some designs to show the wearer's rank." But then maybe people didn't do much moving??
I bet that these questions would have been covered in the Tartan Symposium at the NH Highland games, right? I'm struggling with this tartan concept. But I can't read another book--I have 19 of them waiting for me right now! Just finished "Using Microsoft Windows 98" now isn't that thrilling.