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Anglo Saxon Words and Concepts

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the name for an Anglo Saxon kinship group Comitatus (Latin for company, armed group)

Hlafweard, hlaford
Guardian of the Loaf
"Lord" derives from this word

loaf-kneader or loaf-digger
Female version of hlaf-weard. "Lady" derives from this word.

Cup Bearer
kenning for woman

The name may be Celtic and generic title for a prophetess (from Proto-Celtic *welet- "seer", a derivative of the root *wel- "to see").The ancient Germanic peoples discerned a divinity of prophecy in women and regarded prophetesses as true and living goddesses.