from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of wergeld.
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- n. Alternative spelling of wergeld.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The price of a man's head; a compensation paid of a man killed, partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin. It was paid by the murderer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See wergild.
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If a claim in weregild is upheld then Aragorn would hold ownership of the Ring.
In course of time men got tired of the continual slaughter produced by this arrangement, and there sprang up a system according to which the murderer might offer to the kinsmen a sum of money known as weregild, or the value of a man, and if this money was accepted, then peace was made and all thought of vengeance was at an end.
As far as a weregild claim goes - not only could Isildur claim simple relationship, but as the leader of a world power, and member of the Last Alliance-which means he could easily also claim weregild on GILGALAD the HIGH KING OF THE NOLDOR, the Highest Elves in Middle Earth.
Even supposing the ‘weregild’ claim of Isildur, I think that the value of the life of a great King would not be worth more than the deed to Barad-dur, which was destroyed in the war of the Last Alliance, so the next best thing would be something like the Ring of the Witch-King.
If you are a Nature subscriber, or willing to pay the weregild, my short story "Annie Webber" is live there today.
The shift from weregild or private revenge to punishment by the state no doubt represents an important social advance.
Oddly, the basis for this system was theappropriate weregild – blood-price – paidfor the deaths of different people.
Not that it was necessarily someone's weregild, but it was a serious amount of money.
North points out that in Mercian laws of later centuries the weregild of a king is, indeed, 120 pounds, and he maintains that this price applies to earlier centuries due to the fact that the amount is also given in the earlier currency of sesterces.
And though he appeared to take at face value the codes of honour and kinship, which sought revenge or weregild, a blood-money reparation, he depicted war as a business which was steeped in the gory as much as in the glory that Beowulf seeks.