|Max. length||170 m (560 ft)|
|Max. width||140 m (460 ft)|
|Surface area||0.202 km2 (0.078 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||11 m (36 ft)|
Herthasee is a lake on the island Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. At a length of 170 m and a width of 140 m, it covers a surface area of 0.202 km². It has a maximum depth of 11 m. It is located in the center of the Jasmund National Park and its famous chalk cliffs.
Nerthus and Hertha
The misreading of the goddess name Nerthus in Tacitus's 1 CE ethnographic work Germania on the ancient Germanic peoples led to the proliferation of the goddess name Hertha from the 16th century to the 19th century, which led to the coining of the hydronym Herthasee. However, developments in historical linguistics led to a widely accepted etymological identification with the North Germanic god Njörðr. The location of the Nerthus lake ritual attested in Germania has subsequently been rejected, with contenders such as the island of Zealand (in modern Denmark) often proposed.
- Chambers (2001 :70-71) and Simek (2007:145).
- Media related to Herthasee (Rügen) at Wikimedia Commons
- Chambers, Raymond Wilson (2001 ). Widsith: A Study in Old English Heroic Legend. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108015271
- Simek, Rudolf (2007) translated by Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. D.S. Brewer. ISBN 0-85991-513-1