Regnum Ostrogotorum Estimated
- Thank you for the input on further bibliographic
material on Regnum Ostrogotorum.
My addition here would be Professor Lars Hermodsson's
book on the Goths (_Goterna_). He shares of course the general view
that it is not possible to exactly estimate the Regnum
Ostrogothorum but it is Hermodsson's view that King
Ermanarik subjugated a number of Caucasian
and steppe peoples. Information, he wrote, relates
that Ermanarik's kingdom stretched from the southern
steppes north of the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. He
saw the kingdom less than an ordinary state and more
like a loosely coordinated empire.
Ermanarik's name in Scandinavian myth is Joermunrek,
who takes revenge on one of his men, that abandoned
him, and had this man's wife, Svanhild, executed being tied
to wild horses. So epic from the Regnum Ostrogotorum
has certainly been transferred from there to Scandinavia,
most likely by Goths and Eruli who during the centuries
moved back forth from south Scandinavia to the Gothic
and Erulic kingdoms and for service in the Roman army.
Yopu may find such an analysis in several places. Still
Irma Korkannen, The Peoples of Hermanaric.Jordanes, Getica 116.
Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Ser.B, vol.187.
Gottfried Schramm, Die nordöstlichen Eroberungen der
Rußlandgoten (Merens, Mordens und andere Völkernamen bei
Jordanes, Getica XXIII 116). Frühmittelalterliche Studien 8(1974)
You will find a critical appaisal of the actual extent and structure of
Ermanaric's realm in Wolfram, Die Goten, 95-98, and in
Bernhard Tönnies, Die Amalertradition in den Quellen zur
Geschichte der Ostgoten. Beiträge zur Altertumswissenschaft 8.
Hildesheim, Zürich, New York 1989, pp.45-47.