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Cornelius and Voltimand are ambassadors that King Claudius is sending out to Norway. They are being sent to ask the king of Norway to keep his nephew a little more under control. This happens in Act I, Scene 2.
Fortinbras is the nephew of the king of Norway and the son of the former king. His father had been killed by Hamlet's father. Because of this, Fortinbras is making trouble and seems like he might be going to attack Denmark. King Claudius sends Cornelius and Voltemand to try to get the king of Norway to calm Fortinbras down.
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