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Re: The Lament of Gudrun and the sayings of Hamdir in the Poetic Edda

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  • Francisc Czobor
    Hails, Matþaius This is not the only meaningfull name in this story. The names of (H)Ammius/Hamdir and Sarus/Sörli are derived, according to Felix Genzmer,
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      Hails, Matþaius

      This is not the only meaningfull name in this story.
      The names of (H)Ammius/Hamdir and Sarus/Sörli are derived, according
      to Felix Genzmer, from Gothic hama- and sarwa-, both meaning "arms".
      Genzmer speaks in this case about "sprechende Namen" ("speaking
      names"). This facts gives to the whole story a very legendary look,
      even if it is connection with a historical person (Ermanaric). Maybe
      the story has some historic basis, but the names Sunilda/Swanhild,
      Ammius/Hamdir and Sarus/Sörli seem to be imaginary, created to fit the
      purpose of the story.

      Fragkisks

      --- In gothic-l@y..., "M. Carver" <matt@i...> wrote:
      > Goleins, Fragkisks
      >
      > The name has much more meaningfulness in terms of the story as well.
      >
      > -Matþaius
      >
      > From: "Francisc Czobor" <czobor@c...>
      > Reply-To: gothic-l@y...
      > Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 11:14:13 -0000
      > To: gothic-l@y...
      > Subject: [gothic-l] Re: The Lament of Gudrun and the sayings of
      Hamdir in
      > the Poetic Edda
      >
      >
      > Hails, Mat<thorn>aiu!
      >
      > I notice that you have re-gothicized "Swanhild" as "Swanahilds".
      > But Jordanes uses "Sunilda", that is interpreted as "Sühne-hild"
      > (Sühne in German means "atonement") and probably was reinterpreted
      > later (probably by the Scandinavians) as "Swan-hild". Thus, the
      Gothic
      > form could been rather *Sunihilds.
      >
      > Francisc
      >
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