The Heruls


According to the Byzantine historian Procopius a part of the Eastgermanic people the Heruls/Eruli left the Danubian region after a defeat 508-509 AD and settled at the Scandinavian Peninsula.

These feared warriors played a major role as mercenaries in the Roman army, but they have never been identified in Scandinavia. Did they just disappear without a trace?


The web site consists of a shorter main article and a detailed article in pdf with notes and references - both using the same index.

Summary (1 page)
Main article (12 pages)
1. The South European history of the Heruls
2. The settlement in Scandinavia
3-4. Norse literature and perspectives
Danish version
Detailed article (pdf) (ca. 133 pages)
Links to main sources online
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The movements of the Heruls

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Published June 15 2000 - Updated December 3 2009

Troels Brandt - troels@brandt.mail.dk

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