middangeard

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *midjagardaz, equivalent to midd (mid, middle) + ġeard (yard; enclosed land; realm), although the second element's confusion or conflation with eard (earth) has occurred since Old English; ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *medhyo (middle) and Proto-Indo-European *ghartos (enclosure). Cognate with Old Saxon middilgard, Old High German mittilgart and mittangart, Old Norse miðgarðr, Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌳𐌾𐌿𐌽𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌳𐍃 (midjungards).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmiddɑnjæɑrd/

Noun[edit]

middanġeard m

  1. The Earth, the world, (especially paganism) Midgard, Middle Earth, the Earth in traditional Germanic cosmology, conceived as a central realm between heaven (Asgard) and hell (Niflheim).

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