ettin

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English eten, etend, from Old English eoten(giant, monster, enemy), from Proto-Germanic *etunaz(giant, glutton), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed-(to eat). Cognate with Icelandic jötunn(giant), Swedish jätte(giant), Danish jætte(giant). Compare ent.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ettin ‎(plural ettins)

  1. (dialectal, archaic, fantasy) A giant.
    • 1890, Joseph Jacobs, "The Red Ettin" in English Folk and Fairy Tales, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 3rd edition, no date, p. 138, [1]
      He asked the wife if he might stay for the night, as he was tired with a long journey; and the wife said he might, but it was not a good place for him to be in, as it belonged to the Red Ettin, who was a very terrible beast, with three heads, that spared no living man it could get hold of.
  2. (role-playing games) A giant with two heads.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northumberland Words – A Glossary of Words Used in the County of Northumberland and on the Tyneside -, Volume 1 by Richard Oliver Heslop, Read Books, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4097-6525-7
  2. ^ Legg, Penny "The Folklore of Hampshire" The History Press (15 Jun. 2010)