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wer·geld

 (wûr′gĕld′) also wer·gild or were·gild (-gĭld′)
n.
In Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law, a price set upon a person's life on the basis of rank and paid as compensation by the family of a slayer to the kindred or lord of a slain person to free the culprit of further punishment or obligation and to prevent a blood feud.

[Middle English wargeld, from Old English wergeld : wer, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots + geld, payment.]

weregild, wergild

(in Anglo-Saxon society) a payment made to the family of a slain man by his killer or the killer’s family as compensation, atonement, and to avoid reprisals.
See also: Dues and Payment
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From the Roman model of justice through to the Viking influence of 'Weregild' (where everything had a price - even a human life - which the offender paid to the victim or their family) and increased restrictions and rights following the Magna Carta (1215) and Bill of Rights (1689).
From the Roman model of justice through to the Viking influence of 'Weregild' (where everything had a price -- even a human life -- which the offender paid to the victim or their family) and increased restrictions and rights following the Magna Carta (1215) and Bill of Rights (1689).
In what is probably a further variant, the Volsunga Saga has Fafnir's treasure being gained in the first place by Loki as a weregild, or ransom, for the three Aesir who had killed Otr son of Hreidmar, king of the Dwarves: Odin, Hmnir, and himself.