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- n. Alternative spelling of thane.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Thane. See thane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Anglo-Saxon form of thane, used in some historical works. See thane.
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a Saxon knight known as Sir Ordgar, a "thegn," (1) or baronet, of
Early medieval peasants ended up learning the language of the local thegn; later medieval gentlehommes ended up learning the language of their peasants.
Edward was a surviving English thegn and sheriff of Wiltshire.
One unnamed thegn, after the priest Coifi's speech in Book II, Chapter XIII, casts his lot in favor of conversion and uses the famous image of a sparrow flying through a mead hall:
Simon had no compunction in ousting what had been the thegn from his hut and appropriating his chair.
Mordred, beckoned forward by the King, received Cerdic's ceremonial kiss, then found himself riding between the Saxon king and a red-haired thegn who was a cousin of Cerdic's queen.
He and his neighbour, with gestures and grins, managed to exchange names: the red-haired thegn was called Bruning.
Then they rode thither—his ealdorman Osric and his thegn Wigfrith and the men he had left behind him—and discovered the atheling in the stronghold where the king lay slain—and they had locked the gates against them—and they went thither.
Hadbardernes drot og hver thegn af det folk, når ban går med jomfruen i hallen, at en hirdsvend af Danerne skænked for skaren; ti på ham stråler fædrenes eje, hårdt og ringlagt, Hadbardernes klenodier, sålænge de ejede de våben (indtil de misted i skjoldelegen de kære fæller og deres eget liv).
It is worth noting that in later times the heriot of an "ordinary thegn" (_medema þegn_) -- by which is meant apparently not a king's thegn but a man of the _twelfhynde_ class -- consisted of his horse with its saddle, &c. and his arms, or two pounds of silver as an equivalent of the whole.