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Mick Pearce (MCP) Folklore: 'frith' a Middle English ramble (32) RE: Folklore: 'frith' a Middle English ramble 18 Jan 19

In OE frith was peace, tranquility, refuge; so the words to do with peace above relate to this.

In OE fyr(h)th was a wooded country; which is where ME frith in the poem came from.

Both words evolved into later frith (still in OED today with your various meanings).

OE geard was indeed a yard, enclosure, dwelling, land. This gave rise to middangeard - the middle earth = world. (Used by Tolkien as Middle Earth, and in Isengard; culled from Tolkien's day job!).


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