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see weird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • But wyrd forbade him to seize any more of men on earth after that evening.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Nine there were of them, for wyrd is gracious to the man who is valiant and unafraid.

  • To these their mother, wyrd, the primitive goddess of fate, added: “With joy once more won.”

    Myths of the Norsemen H. A. Guerber
  • A belief in wyrd, the mighty power controlling the destinies of men, is the chief religious motive of the epic.

    English Literature William J. Long
  • In the “Beowulf” it is said:—“wyrd often keeps alive the man who is not destined to die, if his courage is equal to the occasion.”

  • wyrd full nigh stood ready to greet the gray-haired man, to seize his soul-hoard, sunder apart life and body.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • The dragon is slain, but the fire has entered Beowulf's lungs and he knows that wyrd is at hand.

    English Literature William J. Long

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