Aewda: oath-giver, compurgator.
Fore-ath:, preliminary oath;
Rim-ath: oath by accused and compurgators together.
Seems to me a very important word in Anglo-Saxon language and meaning possibly used in many ways including someone who was considered a friend by way of a pact.
Germanic warrior culture was significantly based on oaths of fealty, directly continued into medieval notions of chivalry.
An oath (from Anglo-Saxon āð, also called plight) is either a statement of fact or a promise calling upon something or someone that the oath maker considers sacred, usually God, as a witness to the binding nature of the promise or the truth of the statement of fact.
Allies is good because you swore allegiance...
In feudal times a person would also swear allegiance to his feudal superiors.
before 900; Middle English ooth, Old English āth; cognate with German Eid
directly continued into medieval notions of chivalry
I actually have an Aunty Ethel (being the very English Anglo-Saxon kinda gal I am...)
noble, honorable; noble snake; noble strength ... origin is Old English, and its use, English ...
noble, honorable ... origin is Old English ... form of Ethel ... rare as a baby girl name ...
noble fortress ... has its origins in the English ... variant of Aethelburh ... not popular as a baby name for ...
nobly famous ... used mostly in English and it is of ... name was borne by a central character in ...
noble fortress ... origin, as well as its use, is in the English ... variant of Aethelburh ...
noble fortress ... origin and use are both in the English language ... variant form of Aethelburh ...
noble, honorable ... has its origins in the Old English ... variant of Ethel ...
noble, honorable ... has its origins in the Old English ... variant form of Ethel ...
noble, honorable ... of Old English origin ... derivative of Ethel ... uncommon as a baby girl name ...
noble strength ... primarily used in the English ... contraction of Etheldreda ...
noble strength ... used chiefly in English and it is ... name was borne by Saint Etheldreda...
Edited by The Puzzler, 24 June 2013 - 02:14 PM.