Re: We have Abraham as our father...
- Hej Konrad!
Quite an interesting point of view, indeed. Never thought of it before
but sure there should be a connection like with Gaut and Geat.
Remember many such tales originally refer to divine figures. There is
just one problem - the Guta saga relates to appr. 200 AD.
--- In email@example.com, "akoddsson" <konrad_oddsson@...> wrote:
Their descendants would be less wealthy, as
> the saga then relates a Gothic mass-migration from Gutland, as the
> land could hold no more. Hafthi and Hvita Stierna's oldest son is
> just called Goth (Gotl. Guti, Go. *Guta). Now, to the best of my
> knowledge, this is the only historical person to bear the personal
> name 'Goth'. Naturally enough, he figures in the Gothic origination
> myth. Written in the Gothic of Wulfila's time, we can figure that at
> least 3 words from the Germanic root *geut- (verb *geutan) were then
> in the language (but likely others as well):
> Guta - a Gothic mythical ancestor; personal name; any Gothic person
> Gutland - the land of the Goths
> Gutthiuda - the Gothic nation
> Of course, this does not tell us _why_ they were so called (from the
> root *geut-), which name-giving appears lost in the mists of time.