Humber the Hun
Humber the Hun wis a legendary Keng o certain ancient "Huns" (Agathyrsi) in Albion, namely the Pechts, dated tae the early 1st millennium BC as accoontit bi Geoffrey o Monmouth. The name mey be a confusion o Eboracum wi Himberland, Īweriū, Híomhair, an Hibernia.
Summary[eedit | eedit soorce]
Accordin tae Geoffrey, follaein the division o Britain amongst Locrinus, Kamber, an Albanactus, Humber invaded Albany which wis re-namit efter the Scoti, an killed Albanactus in open battle. The remainin Albians fled sooth where Locrinus allied wi Kamber an defeated Humber near a river in which Humber wis drooned. The river wis thereafter kent as the Humber which marked the soothern border o the Kinrick o Northumbria an is ane o the main rivers o Ingland.
Whan Locrinus raided Humber's ships efter his daith, he foond Humber's consort Estrildis, the dochter o the Keng o Germany there. Thus Humber's Huns war allied tae Locrina wi thair Queen Estrildis eventually marryin Locrinus. The River Severn wis namit efter her dochter Hafren.
Interpretation[eedit | eedit soorce]
"Hun" is an early Germanic wird for "warrior", in this case frae Scythia an through this legend Geoffrey alludes tae the arrival o warriors o the earliest Germanic peoples in the British Isles frae Himberland which the Pechts wis assumed tae be. The venerable Bede mentioned the Scythian origin o the Pechts an the sixteenth century British chronicler Raphael Holinshed an aa mentioned the Agathyrsi Scyth oreegin o the Pechts, an thair tradition o paintin thair bodies blue. The legendary ancient alliance atween Scythian Huns an the Celts is recalled again as the wife o Míl Espáine (Golam) an the wife o Goídel Glas war baith cried Scota.
In Pop-culture[eedit | eedit soorce]
North Welsh leid Speakers aften refer tae Sooth Welsh speakers as Huns (hwntw) wha in turn refer tae the North Welsh Speakers as Gogs (gogledd).
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- Michelle R. Warren (2000). History on the Edge: Excalibur and the Borders of Britain, 1100-1300. U of Minnesota Press. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-0-8166-3491-0.
- "What does the word 'hun' mean and what is its place in today's society?". Irish Post. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- Cooney, Darren. "Rangers fans group Club 1872 wants Celtic supporters banned from Ibrox". Daily Record. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- "'Kill all huns' painted on small Orange hall". Belfast News Letter. Retrieved 13 July 2017.