Hengist and Horsa

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Hengist or Hengest (died circa 488) was a Jutland commander who, according to myth, along with his brother Horsa, was alleged to have led Germanic immigration to the British Isles in the 4th century. The name means stallion in Anglo-Saxon or Old English [hingst in Danish].

According to myth, he was a Jutland commander who, along with Horsa, fought against Celtic tribes and won an area in south-east England around Kent. The port from which the Jutes and anglers set over to Britain was to have been Venningsted on the present island of Sylt. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dates to 488, but it has not been disclosed how he died.

The idea of warrior twins is a habitable mythological trait. The first historical source to tell of Hengest and Horsa is Beda the venerable who lived two centuries later. According to Beda, they were the sons of a Jysk/Jutland chief named Withgils. According to Beda, the brothers entered into an agreement with the Roman-Celtic commander Vortigern. They were supposed to help the British in battle against the Picts and Celts. The Beovulfkvadet refers to Hengist as a half-daner.

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  1. germanicunity · October 29

    Reblogged this on Germanic Unity.


  2. vᚻællKᚱᛁᛗvosᛏ · October 30

    I have a book about Hengest titled, “Hengest’s Tale” by Jill Paton Walsh.

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    • ᛋᛠᛉ · October 30

      Is it good? Historical fiction, yeah?

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      • vᚻællKᚱᛁᛗvosᛏ · October 30

        Yeah though its only 142 pages.

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      • vᚻællKᚱᛁᛗvosᛏ · October 30

        From a customer review on Amazon:
        “The tale is told from the point of view of Hengest, as an old man living and reminiscing in Britain, and near death. The characters of Finn Folcwalding King of Frisia, Hnaef the Dane, Hnaef’s wife Hildeburh, and the other Jutes, Danes, and Frisians are brought to life.

        The author does an excellent job capturing the attitudes and world view of the Dark Age (or, from the Germanic point of view, the Heroic Age) warrior. Although this seems to have been originally a book for teenagers or even children, it is pretty stark and even brutal, accurately reflecting the time period it portrays.”

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  3. ᛋᛠᛉ · October 30

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