þeoden

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *þeudanaz, from the same source as þēod. Cognate with Old Saxon thiodan, Old Norse þjóðann, Gothic 𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽𐍃 (þiudans).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

þēoden m (nominative plural þēodnas)

  1. (poetic) prince, lord, ruler, chief
    Mære þeoden æþeling ærgod unbliðe sæt. The famous ruler, the ever-good chieftain, sat dismayed. (Beowulf, ll. 129-130)