First, I'm not going to try and back up every allegation that might seem contrary to the accepted wisdom - I'll provide some explanation, but not to the extent that it makes the following so dense and complicated that it's undigestible. John's original work has all the details:http://www.tribwatch.com/SingleFile.htm
The basic idea starts with Charlemagne, the great Frankish king of the 8th century, who fought and to some extent subdued the Avars, a nomadic Turkic group associated with the Magyars, Huns, Kabars, Bulgars etc. In the Hungarian myth of the White Stag, the twins Magor and Hunor follow a deer they are hunting from Mesopotamia to Scythia, where they mate with (or rape) Avar princesses. From the unions spring the Magyar and Hun ancestor tribes of the Hungarians. Since historically it was the Kabars that accompanied Magyar tribes to Hungary, this myth lends some credence to a less-than-mainstream theory that the Kabars grew out of the Avars. Also somewhat important to how all this is going to hold together, is the notion that the name of a very important elite family, Vere, is probably a contraction of Avar.
The Avars were elite among these nomadic tribes, highly respected and talented warriors. Tolkien was probably writing about them (in code), as one branch of his elves in his 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy are the Avari, while the capital fortress of the Avars was built in a RING configuration.
Little is known about them, but it was written down that the Avar Kagan at the time of Charlemagne's death was Abraham, and his successor was Isaac. (Very Hebrew.) Another thing to be aware of, is that an Avarian cross looks just like the coat of arms of both Rangabe and Bouillon, with fleur-de-lis tips. Geoffrey Bouillon was the leader of the first crusades, and note that his family were dominant in northern parts of the Frankish kingdom (Boulogne, Lower Lorraine) in and around what is now Belgium. At the time it was called Flanders, and that will become significant a little later. Michael I Rangabe on the other hand was a Byzantine Emperor whose granddaughter Melissena, who I have talked about quite a bit and who the mythical mermaid of the Starbuck's coffee logo, Melusine, is very likely in homage of. In short, the Bouillon and Rangabe coats of arms suggest Avar roots.
Forget about Rangabe for a minute, how did Avars have any role in forming the Bouillon family? They were in Pannonia (Hungary).
Here's a map I just made that might help follow alot of this.http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/7400/europe.gif
At the end of the 8th century Charlemagne, who had been fighting the Avars, became busy with other things and his son Pippin, who was the King of Italy, along with Duke Eric of Fuili who he was allied with, continued the assault on the Avars. Not only were Pippin and Eric allies, Eric of Friuli was Pippin's uncle, for Charlemagne had married Eric's sister, Hildegard of Vinzgouw (Swabia).
A Tudun (governor) of the western Avars (who is not known by name) had allied himself with Eric and Pippin and, apparently, with some help from these western Avars Pippin and Eric led a successful assault on the larger Avar nation, taking their "great ring" or capital fortress. Many Tuduns were taken back to Aachen (from where Charlemagne ruled), converted, and submitted to the Frank King's authority. (The Avar Kagan was baptized and sent back to Pannonia to keep his Avars in line.)
So now you have Avars, some Tuduns and assumedly others from the western faction which had allied with Pippin, living in and around Aachen, which is in modern Germany just over the border from the Netherlands. At this very same time (circa 796) there was a Count of nearby Hesbaye, which is now Begium, named Ingerman. John contends that this Ingerman had a lot to do with the founding of the 'Varangian Rus'.
One notable Varangian was Vladimir I Grand Prince of Kiev, who was descended from Rurik. Rurik controlled a local in northern Netherlands called Wieringen (which looks like Veringen, an area of Swabia from which a number of Counts of interest hailed from). Wieringen had some sort of connection to Fulda, a town in Hesse, as documented in a transfer of a large amount of property from Wieringen to a monestary in Fulda. Furthermore, (from John):
At the time that I was considering a trace of "Waldrada/Waldruth" to "Fulda" (or vice versa), I looked at the Fulda river (to the north of Fulda) and saw the city of Rotenburg. I wondered if Ingerman had named his daughter, Redbugra, after this town. Believing that Ingerman was a proto-Varangian, I stared at the possibility that Varangians originated in the Redburga environs, for I had discovered Rotenburg only as a result of finding Fulda elements moving to Wieringen (Netherlands), not to mention that Ingerman's immediate ancestry was from Worms, near Fulda. Then, while investigating Rotenburg, I found this: "Heringen is a town to the Hersfeld-Rotenburg district, in the north-eastern part of Hesse, Germany. It is located on the river Werra."
This "Waldrada" that John is interested in had a daughter (Waldrat) who married Robert "the Strong", the first Count of Anjou and patriarch of the "Robertians". There's good evidence that Robert's father was Theotbert, who in turn may well have been a close descendent of Makhir, Count of Narbonne. Makhir had married Auda, daughter of Charles Martel, and ruled over the Jewish or Cathar kingdom of Septimania (Languedoc). Charles Martel's brother was Childebrand, who's son was Nebilung I, and it was from the Nebilungs that Waldrada was descended.
Any fan of Wagner knows the name Nebilung, they are the Burgundians of his "Ring Cycle".
The other Varangian we're interested in was Inger, the husband of Melissena, whose parantage is a complete mystery and who John suspects was a son or grandson of Ingerman. And don't let it escape your notice that Veringer looks like Ver-Inger.
Before continuing, let me address a larger picture. John continues through his many chapters to hone in on the general idea that the cultural forces which combined in Medieval Europe to create the elite choking the world to this day trace to the Kabeiroi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabeiroi
They were centered in Phrygia and Paphlagonia and spread to the Caucasus and specific parts of Greece, notably Samothrace, Lemnos and Thebes. The Achaeans and Spartans of Peloponnese also figure into this narrative. The Spartans don't exactly root in the Phrygia/Paphlagonia lands of the Kabeiroi, but close by in ancient Subartu, and they are connected to the "dragon-cult" quite solidly by springing from the teeth of the Ares dragon which Cadmus, the founder of Thebes, had slain in myth.
These weren't the indigenous Greeks, they were migrants from Thrace and Anatolia (and/or Egypt?), and those of Lemnos, Samothrace and Thebes brought the cult of Kybele with them. The "Great Mother" Kybele's consort was Attis, which suggests an ancient alliance or connection between these originally pagan Canaanite peoples and the Hatti.
Up to this point, I had focused my attention on Viking and Frank elements which left the Black Sea in the later centuries of the Roman era going northwest into Germania, or Hunnic Turkic tribes which entered Europe via Scythia and Mongolia. I had never looked much at Greece, much less Italy. But it seems that Kabeiroi of Greece transplanted themselves in three areas of Italy.
The Calabria and Lucania regions and nearby (Spartan-founded) town of Tarantos which make up Italy's "foot", the Lazios and Abruzzo regions half way up the "boot", and the Veneto and Friuli regions in the far northeast of Italy. Veneto and Friuli (from where Pippin's ally and uncle Eric of Friuli ruled) were founded by the Veneti/Heneti, who trace back to Paphlagonia. One is tempted to link names like Veneti, Venetian, Vanir (the proto-Viking tribe allied with the Aesir) with the morning star "Venus", and not without good cause: (from John:)
Odin's wife Frigg must be an eponym of Phrygia, as must be the case with the Scandinavian goddess Freya with her brother Frey. The latter two are the root of "Friday," wherefore behold that Friday is "Venerdi" in Italian, "Vendredi" in French, "Veneris" in Latin, and "Viernes" in Spanish, terms somewhat evoking the Veneti/Venedi but better-yet the "Vanir." It's to no surprise that the Freya is a version of the goddess Venus. yet the accurate alternative version for Freya is "Vanadis," a term almost precisely that of "Veneti/Venedi." And so the deduction is that the Veneti had something to do with Phrygia.
Not coincidentally, Freya is from the Vanir pantheon of Scandinavian gods, instead of the Aesir pantheon/bloodline. One can then conclude that (the Roman) Venus is the root of the Vanir pantheon, which in the very least tells us that the Vanir gods stemmed from the Veneti peoples...
And speaking of Venus, Lucania (named for Greek Laconia/Lacedaemonia where Sparta was located) is a distinctly "Luciferian" term, and midway down the Italian boot you have another region called Lazios. There are lots of "Laz" terms to look out for, and Laz was what the Byzantines called Colchis (modern Georgia) which was infested with the Kabeiroi (specifically the Corybyantes and the Halybes) and their Kybele cult. Other "Laz" terms include Leslie (clan descended from royal Hungarians in Scotland), Lusatia, Luxembourg, Lusignan, and a town in southern Italy called Laus. Laus is just below Blanda, which is similar to Phalantos, the name of the leader of the Spartans who settled nearby Tarantos (originally Taras) - evoking Taurus the bull for which the Taurus mountains of Anatolia (Turkey) are also named. John contends that Flanders was named for this Italian town of Blanda and Phalantos the Spartan. He contends that the Stewarts, who are descended from a Breton named Alan FitzFlaad, also originate here. There was in fact a Veneti people who lived in Brittany. That other royal house of Scotland, the Bruces (originally Brusse) appear to trace to the region east of Lazios half way up the boot, Abruzzo. In addition to all these alleged links, we have Charlemagne married to Hidegard, Eric of Friuli's sister.
Knowing what we do about the Hebrew characteristics of the Avars (Kagans named Abraham and Isaac, possible Avar-Kabar link), and knowing that Avars allied with Friuli transplanted to the heart of the Frankish kingdom at the end of the 8th century, John goes on to make the case that these Avars represented the Khazar side of Melissena (intriguing given the similarity of the Avarian cross and the cross of Rangabe), and that Makhir himself may have been an Avar.
There are a number of clues, which John uses to make his case for a genealogy which challenges conventional wisdom, but makes a lot of sense. For starters, certain names. Robert "the Strong" had a son, Eudes, also known as Odo, and Melissena and Inger named their daughter Eudoxia. John surmises that Eudes' mother was of Melissena's family tree, and indeed the identity of Robert "the Strong"'s wife is a mystery. Not just a mystery, it seems to have been intentionally covered up - his two children, Eudes and Robert (kings of France) are noted in most sources to have been the sons of Robert's wife Adelaide, who Robert married in 864. But if you do the math, Adelaide would have been over 60 when these two sons were born - highly dubious. Furthermore, John suggests that another son of Robert "the Strong" and his mysterious wife was Ingelger (not to be confused with Inger or Ingerman), for indeed the Counts of Anjou descend from this Ingelger (beginning with Fulk I Count of Anjou who was Ingelger's son), and Robert "the Strong" was also considered a Count of Anjou - so one would assume that Ingelger, being also a Count of Anjou, would follow from the blood of Robert. If this is true, and if Robert's wife was somehow of Melissena's line, then it fits that they would name a son Ingelger, who would have been born around the time that Melissena and Inger married.
There were other "Eudes" like names, Makhir married Auda, daughter of Charles Martel. Whether this "Auda" name comes from Charles' line or his wife's is uncertain, but there were an Odo (of Orleans) and a Dhu-oda on the side of Charles' brother, Childebrand (and his Nibelung offspring). Finally, we have Oda Billung, matriarch of the Wettin house (note Billung is maybe a contraction of Nibelung?).
John theorizes that Oda was the daughter or granddaughter of Pippin (the one who subdued the Avars), and that Oda's mother was one "Aeda", possibly Pippin's wife and the daughter of Auda and Makhir. He also suggests that Inger (Melissena's husband) could have been a son of this Aeda (and if she was Oda's mother that would make Inger Oda's brother!), and this looks plausible too for Inger's daughter was named Eudoxia.
(More to follow)