“Ethelland” is the island-realm of the Ethelling tribes, also called the Theodinga, who are cousins of the other folk of the North.

The current king, or cyning, of Ethelland is Eadweard Cyning the Cerdicing of Westseaxna Rice. He rules from the Westseaxna Rice, but of growing importance is the city of Thamesburg (also known as “Lundun,” an ancient city left by the Norrani, who had called it “Lundunium”).

At the top of Ethelland society is the cyning (“king”), the ruler of a kingdom or tribe. Beneath the cyning are the aethlings, (princes, “noble ones,” from whom the name of “Ethelland” ultimately derives), nobles of royal lines who would be eligible to be elected king when the current one dies. This election is held by the council called the witan, made up of the aethlings themselves and the ealdormen (“aldermen,” lesser nobility, not of the royal lines). The upper ranks of the ealdormen are called eorls (“earls,” parallel to Northern “jarls”). The loyal warriors, backbones of the military, in service to the aethlings, eorls, and ealdormen, are called thegns (“thanes”). In exchange for good service, thegns are rewarded with treasures, land, and possibly promotion to the ranks of the ealdormen. In the last few centuries, thegns have become part of the local witan, but this is a more recent development and not an ancient right of theirs. The average freeman of the Ethellings is known as a ceorl (pronounced like its modern equivalent, “churl,” parallel to the Northern “karl”). Free men can offer military service, mostly as infantry or archers, but are not assumed to be warriors. The lowest rung of Ethelland society is the theows or thralls, essentially serfs or slaves, with very few rights.

The Heptarchy (The Seven Kingdoms of Ethelland, now all part of The Kingdom of Ethelland)


Ethelland occupies the central, largest part of the island of Prytania, but it is not the only civilization in the land. To the west are the Prytanian Kingdoms and Dumnonia, lands occupied by the descendants of the original Gwerryn tribes who occupied the island, driven to the edges of the land centuries ago by the invasion of the Ethellingar. To the north is the Giantwall, and beyond that, the wilds known as Alba.


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