About and Wordhoard

The Griðowǽr is not a national organization but rather a free and open agreement among Anglo-Saxon Heathens.

Any Anglo-Saxon Heathen may take the Griðowǽr pledge though only formally organized fellowships are listed as links on the home page.

Wordhoard
Griðowǽr– An O.E. term meaning “a covenant of peace.”
Ealdfolc – Ancestors
Free Right – Freedom of Conscience. No one may be compelled to do anything they hold to be unthewful or unseemly.
Great/Greater – O.E. great “big, tall, thick, stout; coarse, broad.” Greater is used here and elsewhere in this text to mean “broader” and does not imply any superiority.
Grith – O.E. grið, “peace, truce, good relations with other peoples.”
Ken – A word that survives in the Scots dialect of English. The etymology of ken is from the OE cennan, “to know”.
Many-goded – Here used in place of the more familiar “polytheism.”
Meet – from OE “O.E. gemæte “suitable’
Mean – from the O.E. gemæne “common, public, general, universal, shared by all”, an open acknowledgement that no name is going to be perfect.
Right Good Will – Good intention, without hidden agenda
Three Wynns – O.E. wynn, “joy”
Timewise akin – a term coined to replace the Latin derived “historically related.” This is a nod to the fact that the Anglo-Saxons were a people comprised of many different Germanic peoples, most notably the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians, and Franks. Furthermore, it is an acknowledgment that so much of Anglo-Saxon trow and thew must be reconstructed using Norse sources.
Wisdom, Wealthdeal, Worthmind – Often translated as wisdom (wise-judgment), honor (character), and generosity/hospitality.

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