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Contributor Contrib.arianna on 8/18/2008
Derived from the Old Norse name Drængr meaning "young man, lad" or "bold man". It coincides with the modern Danish word dreng meaning "boy". Danish author Johannes V. Jensen used this name for a character in his six-volume novel 'Den lange Rejse' (1908-22; English translation 'The Long Journey', 1922-24); "the series, for which Jensen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1944, is perceived as a history of humankind, based on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, and thus a scientific counterpart to the biblical Genesis." Only Dreng stays behind when a prehistoric glacial age drives all other people southward, and together with "Moa" founds a new dynasty.