- Hi, Vladimir,
a little completion to my previous message, regarding your first name:
the Slavic root vlad- has the same significance like the Germaic root
wald-: "to rule" (Russian: vladit', Gothic: waldan, German: [ver-]
walten). But the Old Germanic root *hludh-/*hluth- (found, as you
said, also in Hloedr and Lotar) means "renowned, famous", and
also "loud", being derived from the Indo-European root *kleu-/*klu-
"to hear, listen" (the source, inter alia, also of the Russian verbs
slushat'/slyshat' and the noun slukh). This makes more plausible the
connectin of Slavic "vlad-" rather to the Germanic "wald-" than
- Vladimir wrote:
> I have come across the word "bo"Hi Vladimir,
> with a similar assumed meaning
> in the book by Gleb Lebedev
> "The Viking Age In Northern Europe"
> (in Russian). But Lebedev is a historian,
> not a linguist. Some linguistic and
> etymologic comments on the medieval
> "bo" in Swedish would be desirable.
> However, your support leaves chance
> to survive for my "bo jarl".
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Since my own doctoral competence also is in history, even if my
dissertation also covered archaeology, linguistics, history of
religion and science of arts, I am not enough specialised to make a
real etymological derivation. I can however say that the combination
bo-jarl is quite convincing and normal linguistically and
historically, even if I have not seen the combination before. It fits
quite well into known facts in Sweden anyhow.