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Re: [gothic-l] Weder-Geats

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  • Tore Gannholm
    Frank, From the younger Bronze age Gotland has a needle with a ram head. Regards Tore ... Onela s lake battle is probable the Baltic between Gotland and the
    Message 1 of 6 , Jan 15, 2001
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      Frank,
      From the younger Bronze age Gotland has a needle with a ram head.
      Regards Tore


      >> Tore Gannholm <tore.gannholm@...> wrote (Subject: Re:
      >>Beowolf--the Goth?):-
      >> > 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
      >>of
      >> > 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 . . .

      Onela's lake battle is probable the Baltic between Gotland and the coast of
      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?
      >
      >Cheers,
      >Frank
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