a German tribe mentioned by Pliny (4.28
) as a branch of the Vindili or Vandali, while Tacitus (Germ.
40) speaks of them as belonging to the Suevi.
But they must have occupied a district in the north of Germany, not far from the coast of the Baltic, and are probably the same as the Pharodini (Φαροδεινοί
) of Ptolemy (2.11.13
), in the country between the Chalusus and Suebus; it is highly probable, also, that the Varni (Οὐάρνοι
) of Procopius (B. Goth.
2.15, 3.35, 4.20, &c.) are the same people as the Varini. The Viruni (Οὐίρουνοι
) of Ptolemy (2.11.17
), who dwelt north of the Albis, seem to have been a branch of the Varini. (Comp. Cassiod. Var.
3.3, where they are called Guarni; Wersebe, Beschreib. der Gau zwischen Elbe, Saale, &c.