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*Wyrd* is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or
personal destiny. Their concept of fate, /wyrd/, was stronger than that of
the Classical Pagans as there was no resisting it. The word is ancestral to
Modern English /weird/, which retains its original meaning only

The cognate term in Old Norse is /urðr/, with a similar meaning, but
also personalized as one of the Norns, Urðr (anglicized as /Urd/) and
appearing in the name of the holy well Urðarbrunnr in Norse mythology.


· 1 Etymology
· 2 Fate in Germanic mythology
· 3 Modern usage in Satanism and Paganism
· 4 See also
· 5 References


The Old English term /wyrd/ derives from a Common Germanic term
/*wurđíz/.^[1]/Wyrd/ has cognates in Old Saxon /wurd/, Old High
German /wurt/, Old Norse /urðr/, Dutch /worden/ (to become), and German
/werden/. The Proto-Indo-European root is /*wert-/ "to turn, rotate", in
Common Germanic /*wirþ-/ with a meaning "to come to pass, to become, to
be due" (also in /weorþ/, the notion of "origin" or "worth" both in the
sense of "connotation, price, value" and "affiliation, identity, esteem,
honour and dignity.)^[/citation needed/]

Old English /wyrd/ is a verbal noun formed from the verb /weorþan/,
meaning "to come to pass, to become".^[/citation needed/] The term
developed into the modern English adjective /weird/.^[/citation needed/]
Adjectival use develops in the 15th century, in the sense "having the power
to control fate", originally in the name of the /Weird Sisters/, i.e. the
classical Fates, in the Elizabethan period detached from their classical
background as /fays/, and


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