from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The military force of the whole nation, consisting of all men able to bear arms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Anglo-Saxon history, the military array or land force of the whole nation, comprising all males able to bear arms: a force resembling the German landwehr.


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  • When Norsemen roll in with the tide

    A plowman must quickly decide

    To fall in his field

    Or refuse to yield

    And fight in the ranks of the fyrd.

    February 25, 2015

  • Ready, aim... fyrd.

    February 25, 2015

  • Other sources provide three ways to pronounce fyrd:

    1. As a homophone for "feared."

    2. To rhyme with "third."

    3. To rhyme with "ride."

    The most frequently suggested is the last of these.

    February 25, 2015

  • resembles a landwehr?

    February 25, 2012