Lydia of West-Central Anatolia Named for King Lydus Brother of Tyrrhenus Etruscan Progenitor Shem’s Son Lud of Halys River


When the Ice Age was ending, the Pelasgian king Lydus of the mineral rich Mount Tmolus region of far western Anatolia (where Sardis was established) became the progenitor of the Lydians, not named for Lud a son of Shem whose progeny were called by the Hittites the Khaly-wa, which means land of the Halys (river), now known as the Kizirimak of north-central Anatolia (Turkey named for Togarmah’s son Turqi), in Classical Greek literature the “Khaly-wa” known as the Chalybes, great metal workers.