[gothic-l] Marcomani, Harii, Burgundians
Missed your other people names, but the Marcomani are
definitely Germanic, literally, the 'march-men', that is
inhabitants of a border region. Compare Middle High
On the Harii it might be something like 'warriors' (compare
Gothic harjis=army). In Tacitus there is mention of 'ghostly
army' and the special battle tactics of the Harii. Maybe
there is a connection. There might even be a connection to
the old myth of the Wild Hunt, the ghostly warriors who rode in the
sky in the Yuletide twelwe nights. But it could also just
be guerrilla like attacks, stealth attacks. We know this tactics
of the Germanic peoples from some of the terrible defeats
suffered by Roman legions venturing too far into the
interior of Germania. See Varus and the destruction of
his three legions in Teutoburg Forest 9 AD.
Borgund maybe "the mountain over the thin stretch of sand",
later Burgundarholm, the island of Bornholm in the Baltic
Sea. The Burgundians are not mentioned, if I remember
correctly, by Tacitus.
>I've wondered what the name of the Burgundians was originally. I take
>it the 'burg-' element refers to a fortress or fortresses, but what
>about the ending?
>And are the tentative reconstructions I've already mentioned
>(*Markomannanaz, *Thiudanz and *Hari) close to the mark?
>Thanks in advance,