Viking who founded the Rurik dynasty in Russia, d. c. 879. Rurik, the founder of the first lasting state administration in Russia, was a prince of the Vikings (Varangians) in Scandinavia. He arrived with two brothers and a large group of followers and established his rule in Novgorod.
What was Rurik famous for?
Rurik (also spelled Riurik) was a Varangian chieftain who arrived in the Ladoga region in modern-day Russia in 862. He built the Holmgard settlement near Novgorod in the 860s and founded the first significant dynasty in Russian history called the Rurik Dynasty.
Is Rurik a Russian name?
The name Rurik is boy’s name of Russian origin meaning “famous ruler”. Russian form of Roderick given to a small number of American boys each year.
What religion was Rurik?
The Russian chronicle places the death of Rurik of Novgorod in 879, three years earlier than the Frankish chronicles. According to western sources, the ruler of Friesland was converted to Christianity by the Franks. This may have parallels with the Christianization of the Rus’ reported by Patriarch Photius in 867.