Fwd: Re: Fwd: [gothic-l] Names of Heruls
- I sent the original posting to our former member David Salo, knowing that he
would come up with a better answer than I could. Here is what he said:
In a message dated 11/26/01 3:34:37 PM, dsalo@... wrote:
At least some of these names are clearly Germanic, and many of them
probably so: Alaric = Go. Alareiks "All-ruler", Fara = Go. *Fara
"Traveller", Fulcharis = *Ful(la)harjis "Full-army", Philemuth = *Filumods
"Many-mind", Roduulf = *Hrothawulfs "Glory-wulf" (Rudolf, Rolf), Sindualt
perhaps = *Swinthawalds "Strength-power". Aordus probably includes -wards
"guardian" (maybe Aiwwards "Eternal guardian"?), Suartuas certainly
includes Swart- "black" (but perhaps the second element is Celtic, cf.
Welsh gwas < *wassos?), Fanitheus probably includes -thius "servant".
Silinga includes the well known tribal suffix -ing (and the Silings were on
of the branches of the Vandal tribe). Of course this only shows that the
names are Germanic, not necessarily Gothic. Others look strange. E.g.
Datius -- I don't think Datja or Datjis means anything; Naulobates -- maybe
includes nagl- "nail"?? Ochus, whatever it was originally, seems to have
been remodelled to resemble the Greek transcription of the Iranian name
*Wa(h)ukah. Uligagus looks awfully like a scribal error for something
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- --- In gothic-l@y..., "faltin2001" <dirk@s...> wrote:
> --- In gothic-l@y..., "troels_brandt" <trbrandt@p...> wrote:Heruls'
> You cannot seriously assume that he was speaking of 'returning
> when he wrote about people from the island of Thule coming toDirk,
Actually this whole chapter of Gothic Wars was dedicated the
consequences of those "returning Heruls".
> BTW, I got two replies from Swedish archaeologists whom I contacted
> directly. One of them worked at the royal tombs at Uppsala, but
> of them completely reject the idea of East Germans (let aloneHeruls)
> having anything to do with Sweden. In fact, one of them calls thisa
> 'resilient myths' that has absolutely no foundation in archaeology.I already made my comments to such claims in MSG 5162.