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The Aviones or Auiones (*Awioniz meaning "island people") were one of the Nerthus-worshipping Germanic tribes of the 1st century mentioned by Tacitus in Germania, and they lived either in the southern Jutland Peninsula, or on Öland. They are mentioned in Widsith as Eowan.[1]

Tacitus wrote of the group as defended by rivers and forests:

(Original Latin) "
(English translation) "There follow in order the

Thus, according to Tacitus, the Aviones lived on the Jutland Peninsula, near the Angles; if their name is indeed related to islands, they possibly lived on the North Frisian Islands. However, according to Kendrick, they probably lived on Öland.[4] It is not only the meaning Island dwellers that connects them to the island Öland (meaning "Island land"), but also the Old English name for the island which was Eowland (mentioned by Wulfstan of Hedeby), "the land of the Eowan".

See also

Ancient Germanic culture portal
  • List of Germanic peoples


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