One more issue is connected with Jordanes's list of tribes (VI c.) conquered by Ermanaric
(32) Including two historical personages who in real life had no connection to Attila: Ermanaric
and Theodoric the Great.
Dietrichs Flucht, telling of Dietrich's fruitless struggles with Ermenrich over his rightful inheritance (a literary reflex of a supposed conflict between the fourth-century Ermanaric
and the late fifth-/early sixth-century Theodoricthe Great, clearly a chronological impossibility), was edited, together with Alpharts Tod and Die Rabenschlacht, by Ernst Martin in vol.
The ruler whom Widsith singles out for special attention is Eormanric (or Ermanaric
),(3) the legendary king of the Goths, who commands ambiguous attention as both a magnificent host and a waerloga, or "oath-breaker."(4) Despite this uneasy mix of praise and blame, Eormanric stands out as a grand figure suggestive of the idealized archetypal king of former times, just as Widsith is the idealized bard who is imagined to have entertained him.
Driven by Ermenrich (Ermanaric
) from his kingdom of Bern (Verona), Dietrich lives for many years at the court of Etzel (Attila), until he returns with a Hunnish army to defeat Ermenrich at Ravenna.
One group deals with the Ostrogothic sagas of Ermenrich (Ermanaric
), Etzel (Attila), and Dietrich von Bern, who is its central figure and the ideal type of German medieval hero.