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The rest was part of a poorly-defined territory known as Kvenland, which stretched all the way east into modern Russia (see the link, right, for an examination of the origins of 'Scandinavia' as a name).What is known today as Norway (or Norge to its own inhabitants) began as Norvegr, meaning 'the way north'.He appears to be only one of several minor kings in Norway.

Those kings who ruled before him are generally though to have controlled only limited parts of modern Norway, and sometimes only very small areas of territory.

However, if the list of names is to be believed then the small, regional kingdom that was founded by the aforementioned Swedish exile was the birthplace of Norway's monarchy.

This kingdom bordered the native inhabitants of Kvenland until late in the Viking age, when it began to expand northwards.

The Norwegians assimilated the westernmost section of this territory much more quickly than the neighbouring Swedes could absorb 'their' part of it, although the people in Hlogaland may have been coastal migrant Norse from an early point, or possible early descendants of ancient Kvens, or a mixture of the two.

After the country was united it came to be called 'Noregr'.

During the Middle Ages this gradually became 'Noreg' before ending up with the current 'Norge'.

Many of the kings of these early kingdoms are known primarily from early Norse sagas, supplemented by patches of other surviving information.

Some of this, such as the writings of Saxo Grammaticus, probably uses the sagas as their basis, or at least tries to make sense of some of the more mythological episodes in the sagas.

The Germanic Gloms are mentioned in the Old English poem Widsith.

They are probably located along the River Glomma (or Glma) in south-western Norway - the country's longest river.

Norway (Norge) Much of the area that makes up modern Norway has been occupied since the end of the last ice age by Smi groups.