[gothic-l] Re: Scandinavian Goths

faltin2001 dirk at SMRA.CO.UK
Thu Jun 26 07:52:00 UTC 2003

--- In gothic-l at yahoogroups.com, "finnestorp" <martin.skoglund at s...> 
> Dear listmembers
> Jordanes mentions tribes in Scandinavia. Some of these tribes are 
> easy to connect to specific  medieval härads(counties). For
> example Rani and Ranerike, Fervir and Fjäre Härad and so on.
> Without
> having any aspirations in discussing the origin of the goths i 
> be interested in your ideas regarding some names that are "Gothic"; 
> these are: Eua Greutungi - today's Örgryte, Gauthi Gothi -
> today's Götar, Ostrogothi - today's Östgötar and
> Wagot that are
> not to be found in today's place names. Jordanes could not have
> made 
> these names up since they exist in early medieval times and even 
> today. Were "Gotish" sounding tribe names common in the
> migration
> period or are these tribes somehow connected to the continental 
> Goths ?
> Bets Regards Marty

Hi Marty,

you can find a detailed answer to your question in the latest book by 
Arne Christensen Cassiodorus, Jordanes and the History of the Goths. 
Studies in a Migration Myth," Museum Tusculanum Press, 2002.

It would be very time consuming to reproduce Christensen's research 
here and since the book is easily accessible I advice you to have a 
look at this work. 


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