Re: [tied] Geats

From: Håkan Lindgren
Message: 8254
Date: 2001-08-02

Torsten wrote -

All Swedes who know their History know that Sweden is composed of two
tribes: Götar and Svear.

We do? Only these two tribes? Well, I don't know much about history, but this seems like an obvious generalisation to me. Where did you get it from? This sounds like the fixed phrase attached to the titles of kings in the 16th and 17th centuries - "king of the Svear, the Götar and the Vendes." If I'm not mistaken, this phrase was coined a long time after these tribal names had any real meaning.

And anyway, how do we know if the Götar were related to the Geatas or the Goths (or maybe the Goats)? Maybe these tribes were only related to each other etymologically, using more or less the same name.