Saturday, 15 September 2012
The Gar Man/Ger Man
There are several interpretations of the etymology of the name German but one of the most if not THE most interesting is the following.
We know that the most ancient weapon of the pre-christian Germanic peoples was the spear. This was the weapon of choice and probably one of the easiest and cheapest to manufacture. It was the outward symbol of the Germanic Freeman who had come to maturity and acknowledgement within the clan through the slaying of a wild beast. It is a symbol of Germanic manhood and strength.
It is also the THE symbol of the Germanic God Wodan. His spear, Gungnir was inscribed with 17 runes on the spear head. It was a symbol of His power and lordship. Like the axe it one of the great symbols of our Folk.
The 33rd rune of the Anglo-Northumbrian Futhorc[incorrectly termed the Anglo-Saxon] is Gar. It represents the spear of Wodan. It is not or should not be regarded as the final rune of the fourth Aett but more correctly as the central rune around which all the others radiate for it is His rune and He is the centre of all things for He is the All-Father Wodan.
It has been interpreted by Wodens Folk as the "gift of Ing", Ing being the ancestral God of the English or Inglish Folk. The rune consists of a combination of Gebo or Gyfu and Ingwaz or Ing. However the Elder Futharc version of Gebo is more stylistically represented in Gar than the Anglo-Northumbrian version.
Gar is the beginning and end of a magical working and has the power to seal the magician`s intent.
The name German may thus have its etymology in the term ger-manni-people of the spear. Gar or Ger is Proto Germanic for `spear`. When confronting the Roman legions this may be an appelation that the Romans used to distinguish the Germanic peoples from their Celtic neighbours. The term as I have said does have other connotations which I intend to explore in further articles.
My recent article The Sacred Spears of the Germanic Priest-Kings posted on my Die Armanenschaft der Ariogermanen blog explores the use of the spear by the Germanic priest-kings.