a German tribe, mentioned by Tacitus (Germ.
40) as inhabiting the banks of the Albis (Elbe
), to the SW. of the Longobardi. They in common with other neighboring tribes worshipped Ertha, that is, the Earth.
In some editions the name is written Nurtones; so that nothing definite can be said either in regard to the import of their name or to the exact locality they inhabited.