Atheling – A man of royal blood; a prince – usually the firstborn son of a king.
Danelaw – The body of laws in force in the northeast of England where the Danes settled in the 9th century; also the part of England under this law.
Goði – Old Norse term for a heathen priest.
Handfasting – A covenant or contract, especially a betrothal, usually completed by a handclasp or tying together of hands.
Hide – A unit of land measurement of approximately 120 acres (or the amount of land needed to support a single household). 100 hides make up a hundred.
Housecarl – A member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.
Hundred – An administrative division of an English county; 1 hundred equals approximately 100 hides (1 hide = the amount of land needed to support a single household).
Jomsviking – Semi-legendary order of Viking mercenaries.
Manor – The mansion of a lord with the land belonging to it.
Mjolnir – The hammer of Thor, god of Thunder.
Norn – Any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd) the goddess of the present (Verdandi) and the goddess of the future (Skuld).
Shire – Administrative division made up of between 2 and 20 hundreds; administered on behalf of the crown by a shire-reeve.
Thegn – A member of the aristocratic class of men ranking between earls and freemen granted lands by the king or by lords for military service.
Valhalla – The hall of Odin into which the souls of heroes slain in battle are received.
Valkyries – The warrior maidens who bring the souls of slain warriors to Valhalla.
Wergeld – The amount of money fixed as compensation for the murder or disablement of a person; amount determined on the basis of rank and extent of injury.
Witan – The members of the national council.
Wite – A fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who has committed a serious crime.