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Spiritually Speaking: Heorot and Cherusci?

How are the names Heorot and Cherusci related?

I was watching this video (watching but not listening as my German Sucks) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xWqjJthhY , and I saw this in the description box...
"The Germanic heroic epic "Beowulf" describes what happened in a great mead-hall, called Heorot, which means "Hall of the deer" and has a similar origin as the word of the tribal name Cherusci."

Can anyone help me with this?
Thanks!

Both Heorot and Cherusci (it is suggested) stemmed for the PIE word *herut, deer.

*herut, PIE 'deer'; ON hjoþrtr, OE heor(o)t, OHG hir(u)z, MHG hirt(e), herte, MLG herte, harte, ODu. hirot, MDu. he(e)rt, ha(e)rt, herte.

*Herut is also cognate Old Frisian "herne" meaning corner and with other PIE words for corner, angle, horn (musical), trumpet, horn (on animal) and cow, the Latin "cervus" meaning deer. The link between cervus and heorot is Grimm's Law (First Germanic Sound Shift) with a *K -> H shift, this does not explain the Ch of Cherusci.

A more plausible meaning of Cherusci, "sword", from *Xeruskoz (*Xeru + *Skaz), an X shifting to Ch is very plausible. The Common Germanic Futhark which was being developed at latter end of Cherusci period contains *algiz a "Z" representation changed to an "X" in later languages, CGF scripts are found in the Cherusci region. If the tribal name was spelt with an initial *algiz then there does exist an extremely tenuous link to deer as *algiz is taken to represent the elk.

If you are looking to find connections between Beowulf's Heorot and the Germanic tribes that you need to stop looking at Beowulf and turn to Widsith which is contemporary and lists the peoples/nations as known at the time. You must remember that whilst Beowulf is writen "in the past" its places and people were "in the present" of the teller, a mythic time where history and the present mix. Widsith says this about Heorot:

"Hroþwulf ond Hroðgar | heoldon lengest
sibbe ætsomne | suhtorfædran,
siþþan hy forwræcon | wicinga cynn
ond Ingeldes | ord forbigdan,
forheowan æt Heorote | Heaðobeardna þrym."

"Hrolf Kraki and Hrothgar | held longest
the peace, | uncle and nephew,
after having repulsed | the Vikings
and Ingeld | bowed down at spear-point,
he was cut to pieces at Heorot | with the army of the Heathobards."

Through out the whole poem (144 lines) there is no mention of the Cherusci,. Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Israelites and Hebrews are mentioned as well as Finns, Scots, Angels, Danes, Suabians and all the other Germanic peoples but the Cherusci are missing. This suggests that the Cherusci (a 1st century BC tribe) were no longer a recognised "people" by the inhabitants of Heorot some 800 years after the fall of the Cherusci to the Roman Empire.

I am not sure the argument of a linguistic connection nor any other direction connection actually stands up to close scrutiny.

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