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Hunimund of the Ostrogoths

Also Known As: ""the Beautiful"", ""the Great""
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Scythia (Present Ukraine)
Death: circa 405 (71-87)
Scythia (Present Ukraine), Hun Empire
Immediate Family:

Son of Airmanareiks, King of the Goths and (Generation 10)
Husband of (Generation 11)
Father of Wadamerca Princess of Ostrogoths; N.N. of the Ostrogoths; Thorismund "The Chaste" of the Ostrogoths and Gesimund Amal
Half brother of Waladamarca Ostrogothen, der and Randver (Amal Dynasty)

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About Hunimund "the Beautiful" of the Ostrogoths

From the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy page on Hungary:

HERMENRICH (Ostrogoth Generation 10)

Iordanes names "Ansila et Ediulf, Vultuulf et Hermenerig" as the sons of Achiulf[39].

HUNIMUND (Ostrogoth Generation 11)

Iordanes names "Hunimundum" as son of "Hermanaricus"[40].

THORISMUND (-killed in battle [451/55], Ostrogoth Generation 12).

Iordanes names "Thorismundo" as son of "Hunimundus"[41].

Iordanes records that "Thorismundo filius eius" succeeded as King of the Goths after the death of "Hunimundus filius quondam regis…Hermanarici" but was killed fighting the Gepids in the second year of his reign[42].


[39] Iordanes Getarum, MGH Auct. ant. V.1, p. 77.

[40] Iordanes Getarum, MGH Auct. ant. V.1, p. 77.

[41] Iordanes Getarum, MGH Auct. ant. V.1, p. 77.

[42] Iordanes Getarum, MGH Auct. ant. V.1, p. 122.


From Getica, by Jordanes, as found on Boudicca's Bard:

(248) When (Vinitharius) had ruled with such license for barely a year, Balamber, king of the Huns, would no longer endure it, but sent for Gesimund, son of Hunimund the Great. Now Gesimund, together with a great part of the Goths, remained under the rule of the Huns, being mindful of his oath of fidelity. Balamber renewed his alliance with him and led his army up against Vinitharius. After a long contest, Vinitharius prevailed in the first and in the second conflict, nor can any say how great a slaughter he made of the army of the Huns.

(249) But in the third battle, when they met each other unexpectedly at the river named Erac, Balamber shot an arrow and wounded Vinitharius in the head, so that he died. Then Balamber took to himself in marriage Vadamerca, the grand-daughter of Vinitharius, and finally ruled all the people of the Goths as his peaceful subjects, but in such a way that one ruler of their own number always held the power over the Gothic race, though subject to the Huns.

(250) And later, after the death of Vinitharius, Hunimund ruled them, the son of Hermanaric, a mighty king of yore; a man fierce in war and of famous personal beauty, who afterwards fought successfully against the race of the Suavi. And when he died, his son Thorismud succeeded him, in the very bloom of youth.

From the English Wikipedia page listing Ukrainian rulers:

Hunimund ("Protege of the Huns"), the Beautiful, born ca. 326 in Ukraine, the first Hunnic vassal prince of the Ostrogoths (376-fl.405)

Ben M. Angel notes: The Suavi actually were a proto-German tribe from which the name Swabia came from (note: nothing to do with Serbia or the Slavic Serbs). After migrating north of the Alps to the Right Bank of the Rhine (where they became close allies with the Alamanni), a large portion of the tribe joined up with the Vandals at the end of 406 in their westward invasion. A couple decades later, these farthest west Suavi would found in what would later become Spain the Kingdom of Galicia.

Under Hunimund, though, the Ostrogoths successfully resisted Suavi attempts to subordinate them. It is therefore ironic that one of the Amali's most famous descendants would be described in documents contemporary to her time as "de gente Suavorum" - this descendant would be Hildegard, daughter of Gerold von Anglachgau and wife of Charlemagne.

Image used: This is what is believed to be a Hun flag (probably from the time of Attila). Hunimund was the first Ostrogoth ruler to cooperate with the Hun overlords (under first Bulümar "Sheke," or Balamber, ruled c.360-378; then under Alyp-bi or Uldin, ruled 378-390; then under Aybat or Mundzuk, ruled 390-434).

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Hunimund "the Beautiful" of the Ostrogoths's Timeline

Scythia (Present Ukraine)
Age 24
Age 79
Scythia (Present Ukraine), Hun Empire
Age 79
Scythia (Present Ukraine)