Faramund (King)

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Faramund (also Pharamond, French . Pharamond ) was supposed to be a king of the Salian Franks in 420 -Jahren.

He was considered the first Merovingian king in older historiography , but is probably just a legendary figure (see also False Merovingian ). It was not until the 8th century that the Liber Historiae Francorum was first named a king named Faramundus ; he was a son of the Marcomer (Marchamirus) and father Chlodios .

For a long time Faramund was regarded as the first king of the Merovingian family. However, at the end of the 19th century, he was classified as a mythical figure. The author of the Liber Historiae Francorum summarized the first six books of the history of Gregory of Tours and added 21 additional pieces of information, including those on Faramund and Marcomir. However, he did not have his own authentic information on the history of the 5th century, but relied entirely on Gregor's information. It is also unlikely that three centuries after the events he had knowledge of early Merovingians that went further than those of Gregory.

Pharamond in culture

  • A character named Pharamond appears in the comic series The Sandman and Lucifer .


  • Alheydis Plassmann : Origo gentis. Establishing identity and legitimacy in early and high medieval narratives of origin . Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-05-004260-5 , p. 178ff. ( Orbis mediaevalis . Volume 7; also: Bonn, Univ., Habil.-Schr., 2004).


  1. Liber Historiae Francorum 1.4-5.
predecessor Office successor
Marcomers King of the Salfranken