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[gothic-l] Re: Ginnungagap (fwd)

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  • M. Edward Carver
    Háils allái, I thought I might quote this ONN post for the sake of those on this list, since it has some shared interest. Matt ... Free Web-based e-mail
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      Háils allái,

      I thought I might quote this ONN post for the sake of those on this
      list, since it has some shared interest.

      Matt

      Hermann Reichert wrote:
      >
      > Hello all,
      > gap ginnunga etc. seems to be evidently connected with germanic
      > *gainon (long o) 'to open the mouth wide'. It also exists in a Gothic
      > Name, Gainas, whose name seems to mean 'open mouth'. To explain this
      > name, one might think of figures on warrior-helmets with open mouth
      > (confer Hoops, Reallexikon der germanischen Altertumskunde, s. v.
      > berserkir, whath there is said about ulfhednar andsoon, and Heinrich
      > Beck on Ebersignum). Johannes Chrysostomus seems to have known the
      > meaning of the name 'Gainas', for he "sermonibus obstruxit os Gainae"
      > ('he closed the mouth of Gainas with his speech'; Cassiodori-
      > Epiphanii Historia Ecclesiastica Tripartita). That sounds like
      > playing with the name of the enemy.
      > The relation between *gainon (German 'gähnen' etc.) and 'ginnung' is
      > clearly Ablaut.
      > Greetings, Hermann
      >
      > > Keth also adds the following :
      > >
      > >
      > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      > > Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 03:23:15 +0100
      > > From: Keth <keth@...>
      > > To: acleme01@...
      > > Cc: etogod@..., Loke.@..., John_Larsson@...
      > > Subject: Re: Ginnungagap
      > >
      > > Hello Al!
      > >
      > > Here below is some information about Ginnungagap and its possible
      > > relationship to the Dutch word "ontginnen", that might be of interest
      > > to the discussion about this topic. If the below excerpts were sent
      > > to the list (hope I'm not transgressing), it might be of value:
      > >
      > > ========================fwd===========================================
      > > Earlier I proposed that the ON word "ginnung" may have something
      > > to to with the root of English "beginning" and the root of Dutch "ontginnen".
      > > (Incidentally, the Dutch also have a verb "beginnen" with the same meaning
      > > as the corresponding English verb.)
      > >
      >
      > Hermann Reichert
      > Institut für Germanistik
      > Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 1
      > A-1010 Wien
      > Tel. +43-1-4277-42119, Fax +43-1-4277-9421
      > email Hermann.Reichert@...
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