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The Vinnilians 4

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Tacitus speaks about the Vinnilian's with some admiration as a small people whose numbers, he says, was counterbalanced by their unimpeachable unity, and warlike virtues, which rendered them secure in the midst of the numerous and mighty tribes around them.
Tacitus speaks about the Vinnilian's with some admiration as a small people whose numbers, he says, was counterbalanced by their unimpeachable unity, and warlike virtues, which rendered them secure in the midst of the numerous and mighty tribes around them.

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The Vinnilians
ByWilliam Lanter 
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Preface
There is a land called Skadan, far in the north. There dweltmany peoples. Among them was a little people called the Winnili(Vinnili spelled phonically), their characteristic features of the physical type were light hair, blue eyes, light complexion, andtallness of stature.Even the saga-men, from whom the Roman historian Tacitusgathered the facts for his
Germania
— a valuable work for thehistory of civilization, knew that in the so-called Svevian Sea, northof the German continent, lay another important part of Germany,inhabited by Sviones. (Tac.
Germ
. 44).Tacitus speaks about the Vinnilian's with some admiration asa small people whose numbers, he says, was counterbalanced bytheir unimpeachable unity, and warlike virtues, which rendered themsecure in the midst of the numerous and mighty tribes around them.At the time of Paul the Deacons writings the Vinniliansdwelt in the most northern part of Germany, on the lower Albis (ElbeRiver). Five hundred years later we find them as rulers in Pannonia,whence they invade Italy. They had by then been converted toChristianity. A hundred years after they had become settled in NorthItaly, Paul a Latin scholar wrote a little treatise about them, the
 DeOrigine Longobardorum.
From the Winnili, or Vinnili, to the Longbeards, Longobards,Langobards, Lombards, Lombardi, on down to the Latinized versionof Lanteri, then the French Lanthers, Lanthier, Lanier, Lantier,Lantiez, Lenier, Lentier, Lenthier, Lasnier, Lennare, Lanyer,Lanyere, Lanter, Lainez, Lainiez, Lainier, and the Laisney's. (seeRietstap Armorial General of Lanther for documented french Coat of Arms, as on the front cover.)
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Introduction
Öland Island
The island is 137 km long and has a width that varies from 4to 16 km. It is a land of small distances some 6 to 10 km from themainland.Evidence of habitation of Öland (known in earlier times as
Oelandia
) occurs at least as early as 6000 BC, when there werestone age settlements at Alby, and other locations on the island.It is the largest Swedish island after Gotland.Administratively, Öland, together with the surrounding islets, formsthe smallest of Sweden’s traditional provinces. Its periphery of limestone and sand ridges encloses an almost barren tract of land.There are a few small streams and one lake, Hornsjön. On thisnarrow, alluvial coastland, sugar beets, rye, and potatoes are grownThe Roman historian Jordanes in his work Getica, written while inConstantinople around AD 551 contains several accurate descriptionsof Scandinavia in it. Jordanes referred to Ptolemy's description of 
Scandia
"as a great island shaped like a juniper leaf" (i.e. long andnot round) "having bulging sides and which tapered down in thesouth at a long end".These accounts lend further credence to Öland Island as being the home of the Winnilians. Their ruler was a woman calledGambara, along with her sons Ibor and Ayo.
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