Re: [gothic-l] Weder-Geats
From the younger Bronze age Gotland has a needle with a ram head.
>> Tore Gannholm <tore.gannholm@...> wrote (Subject: Re:Onela's lake battle is probable the Baltic between Gotland and the coast of
>> > Weder is a ram. the one year old sheep male. ... The ram is the national
>> > symbol of Gotland. Already in the 13th century it was the official seal
>> > the Gotlandic republic. You can see it on http://gotland.luma.com
>Hmm. A possibility I had never thought of before (not knowing any
>Gotlanders, y'see . . .;)) But, just off the cuff, how far back before its
>official attestation could we extend the existence of the Ram symbol? And
>would an Anglo-Saxon audience have known that? And I think Widsith makes a
>mention of Onela's lake battle that might correspond with Southern Sweden,
>though I know I'm getting some names wrong . . .
Uppland. Part of the land outside Stockholm was below sealevel
>>Is there an unusually large amount of sheep-breeding in south Sweden?
>I don't know, though I don't think that Gotland is quite South Sweden :)
>>We also seem to be back at that old query: were the Geats / Gautar the same
>>people as the Goths?
>And what's the old answer?