View Full Version : The Origins and Settlements of Ancient Germanendom according to Guido von List

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 02:57 PM
This article is an all-too-brief summary of what Guido List wrote about the origins and settlements of the Germanic folk in his monumental book "Die Armanenschaft der Ario-Germanen" (Guido-List-Bücherei Nr. 2, 1908). I must thank my friend Markus Wolff for the translation, which enabled this summary to be made.

The very crux of List's beliefs were that ancient Germanendom, as explained by Tacitus in his Germania was completely off base. In List's eyes, the three "tribes" Tacitus mentions were completely incorrect. List believed that these "tribes" were actually "castes" of our folk. These "castes" consisted of the following:

Caste 1: Ing-fo-ons
Caste 2: Armanen
Caste 3: Ist-fo-ons

Caste 1 consisted of everyone - farmer, priest, chieftain or king, as all are part of our folk. They were the settled folk and were subject to patriarchal rule by the family head - but were not menial servants. Their lands we "held in fee from the Sun (AR) for the family or Kindred".

Caste 2 consisted of the Armanen - the high teachers - the "spiritual flowers of our folk". They were the initiated scholars, rulers and governors. They grew out of Caste 1 and were not segregated from them - they belonged to an Ing-fo-on Kindred, where their estate was founded...

Caste 3 is more complex. To avoid overpopulation, this caste (consisting of Castes 1 and 2) were the warrior caste. As the soil of the family estate could not feed them, they moved in well organized bands to save the homeland from overpopulation (according to the norms set out by the Rita - the sanctified law of the Germanics). Their way was to set out for new lands far away from home. They were led by the young Armanen. They set out during the Ostara sacrifice, where they assembled at the Halgadom. They then gave up their tribal name as a sacrifice to Ostara. They were given a new name by the Skald or Albruna. This name had much to do with the actual act of the migration. (Vandals, Helfetsen etc).

They were led by the "Duke" and were still under the sovereignty of the folk of his origin (or the king of his homeland). After complete independence, he assumed Kingship. His immediate subordinates became Dukes and the society was set up. Of course, young maidens were part of this migration, as marriage and folk-furtherance is the highest law of the Rita.

When they occupied new lands (if uninhabited) the Duke swung his sword in four directions - they received it from the Sun "as loan" - "Arland". This land was surveyed and divided in as many parts (each called a "lot") as there were members of the troop, with one lot left over. The left over lot was for the Halgadom. Then they became Ing-fo-ons, until they were at risk of being over-populated, and the cycle was repeated - the young Armanen set out as Ist-fo-onen again. This explains why our folk spread itself out as it has, in all corners of Mitgard - and is reflected in the place names.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005, 03:54 PM
Guido Von List truely a wise man, this is a very liable source if anything for the system under which our tribes lived and made a living

Dr. Solar Wolff
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006, 12:08 AM
Guido von List's account explains very well the period of Germanic expansion in which our people poured out of Sweden in every direction.