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Wodan, Gaut and the Ansis

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  • finnestorp <martin.skoglund@sfmab.com>
    It is possible that there both are a war good wind good etc and a person claiming to be a good. Snorre (or Saxo ?) writes that Odin had tricked the Europeans
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2002
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      It is possible that there both are a war good wind good etc and a
      person claiming to be a good. Snorre (or Saxo ?) writes that Odin had
      tricked the Europeans that he was a good. Some of the skills that
      Oden supposedly brought to Scandinavia were 1. The Runic writing
      inspired from the latin alphabet. 2. How to fight in "fylking" which
      actually is a roman military tactic. When the Geofyn myth describes
      the way that the Asar came to Scandinavia it sounds similar to the
      description of the Heruli remigration. However if you would care to
      analyse the archaeological findings from southern Sweden from 0-500AD
      you would realise that warbands in a very organised manner regularly
      took part in armed ventures together with other tribes in contact
      with the Roman Empire. Let me give one example in Illerup (200AD) the
      losing armies gear was sacrificed in a lake. The army had roman
      swords and other roman weapons but had typical Scandinavian clothes
      etc. The attacking tribe/tribes had put runes on many of their
      swords. These tribe/tribes were among the first to use runes.
      Analysis of their gear (like combs of moosebone) indicates their
      origin from toady's Southern Norway and/or today's Western Sweden.
      Now, lets speculate.. The leader of an army of the kind that lost in
      Illerup had probably experience from the roman army, maybe he spoke
      latin and maybe he translated the latin alphabet to a form that could
      be used in Scandinavia. A king or a chieftain that was successful
      could be worshipped as a good in Scandinavia as late as in the late
      viking period. Jordanes mentions the Ansis and their first leader
      Gapt. The Ansis were considered gods because they were so successful
      in fighting the romans. One of Odins names in the sagas is Gaut
      chieftain of the Asar. What if Gapt was a tribal leader of a tribe
      within the "Gothic group" that migrated/remigrated back to
      Scandinavia assuming the role of a hero and later that of the
      wargood ? Proscopius mentions that the Goths believed that the
      wargood was born amongst them. If there was a real person he probably
      lived before 200 AD and had little connection to the Heruli.

      About Illerup
      http://www.illerup.dk/e/e.htm

      Best regards Marty
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