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The corresponding Old English terms were forgotten during the age of illiteracy, and when, generations later, the speaker of English came again to deal with such subjects, he had to do like Layamon, when he knew no longer _tungol-croeft_, and could refer to it only as 'the craft ihote _astronomie_ in other kunnes speche.'
It has lost many old Teutonic roots, such as _wig_, war; _rice_, kingdom; _tungol_, light; with their derivatives, _wigend_, warrior; _rixian_, to rule; _tungol-witega_, astrologer; and so forth.