THE BALTHAGOTHS (VISIGOTHS)
(32) ARVICIUS (Ervicius) became king in the year 680, right after the scandal
of king Vamba.
name of Arvicius is Gothic, and is composed of two words: The Balthagothic word "Ara" or "Era" (= Aras in Lithuanian) means "Eagle", and the word "vicius" (= vytis in Lithuanian) means "knight". Some such names are found in Lithuania, as: Arvicius, Arvitis, Arvydas etc.
Arvicius did not become king according to the Balthagothic customs, hence he was considered illegal. And the Balthagothic nation murmured. The old ex-king Vamba besought the people not to embarass king Arvicius. Anyhow, Arvicius didn't accomplish anything worth while for Spain, and was only the most cruel persecutor of the Jews.
In the year 687, Spain suffered a great famine.
Arvicius, considering that this was God's punishment for his criminal deeds,
became very restless. A guilty conscience laid him on his bed, and he died in
November, A.D. 687.
(33) EIGIKA (Egica) became king in the year 687.
are some inhabitants in Lithuania bearing such names as: Eigika, Eigi-las, Eigela, Min-eigis, Strip-eiga etc.
Eigika's reign was very stormy. Several attempts were made to assassinate him, but the conspirators were always apprehended. In the year 694, Spain was thrown into panic when it was discovered that the Spanish Jews were secretly plotting with the African Mussulman Saracens for the invasion of Eigika's dominions. In order to punish the Jews as traitors, the king resolved to uproot the Jewish faith. It was enacted that all the grown-up Jews should be sold as slaves to Christians, that the Jewish property should be confiscated, and that the children were to be taken away from their parents, to be raised in the Christian religion and to be married to Christians. And this cruel enactment was strictly enforced. The Jews could never forget such persecutions.
Eigika died in the year 701, leaving Vitika as his successor.
are some coins of Eigika with the legend EIGICA and EGICA RX.
(34) VITIKA (Vvittika) became king in the year 701.
There are many inhabitants in Lithuania with such names as: Vitika, Vidikas, Vitkus, Vit-enis, Vit-rikis, Vit-tautas etc.
The name "Vitika" is composed of two words: Vit (= vit or vyt in Lithuanian) means "to chase" and tika (= tikas in Lithuan.) means "looking for".
We have very little information concerning Vitika's life, because contemporary writers preferred to keep silent about his good deeds. He was a "reformer" of the Church, therefore clergymen feared and hated him, and in their chronicles they represented him as a monster of wickedness ---- "monstrum corruptionis".
Vitika died in the month of February, A.D. 710,
leaving his two youthful sons. Although Vitika wished that one of his sons would
be chosen king, the angry prelates set aside his wishes, and elected to the
throne a Goth of entirely different family by the name of Rodrikis.
(35) RODRIKIS (Rodericus, Rodricus) took possession of the throne in the year 710.
His name is composed of two words: "Rode" (= Rodo in Lith.) means "advising" and the prefix "rikis" means "commander", "ruler".
There are many inhabitants in Lithuania having such names as: Rode-lis, Rod-eika, Rod-tautas, Rodi-vila, Kunt-roda etc. Hence the name of king Rodrikis is of Lithuanian origin.
Rodrikis reigned for two years only. Although many romantic stories were invented about Rodrikis, of the true historic facts concerning him we know very little. In those days the Balthagothic nation was already demoralized. The religious hatred, the Jews, and the lack of patriotism degraded the Balthagoths. The Balthagothic noblemen worried only about their personal affairs, and for the sake of money they would rather betray their country. Rodrikis lacked tact and had no discernment in keeping the Balthagoths united. We may guess what was the state of affairs when Rodrikis appointed chief general for his army a foreigner by the name of Julianus. In the interior of Spain, thousands of the Jews were busy spying, disclosing all sorts of information to the foreign enemies, and digging a grave for Spain.
In the year 711, the Moors invaded Spain. Rodrikis probably could have repulsed the Mahomedan attack, but when general Julianus heard that the king had dishonored his daughter, the beautiful Florinda, he resolved to have revenge upon Rodrikis. He went to the Mahomedan chief, Musa, and counselled him to undertake the conquest of Spain, guaranteeing him that he would aid him with his army. Shortly a body of 12,000 Moors led by a Berber chief named Tarik, landed at Gibraltar. The Balthagothic governor Tautameris was taken by surprise, and he appealed to king Rodrikis for help. Soon Rodrikis came with his 100,000 undisciplined and faithless men. A terrible battle took place near Cadiz, beside the river Chrysus. The bitter combat was boiling for several days. Considerable bands of Balthagothic and Spanish warriors surrendered to the Moors. On the 26th day of July, in 711, the remnants of the army of Rodrikis were utterly routed, and Rodrikis himself met his end there. Unresisted Moors took possession of almost all of Spain.
The Balthagothic dominion ended in the year 711. While ages were passing by, the Balthagothic language was also dying away. And today only the Spanish kings and noble families of Spain boast that "pure Gothic blood is still flowing in their veins"...... While the Lithuanian peasants are even unaware of the fact that in them not only the Gothic blood is flowing, but also that they use about fifty percent of the Gothic vocabulary in their language, that to this day they bear the ancient Gothic surnames, and that for unknown reasons to them, they call "Balthaguddae" all the Russianized Lithuanians that live in the provinces of Grodno and Minsk.