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Wéland, es; m.
A character in old Teutonic legends celebrated for his skill as a smith. Allusion to him is found in Middle English poetry: 'My sword . . . thorrow Velond wroght yt wase,' Torrent of Portugal, ed. Halliwell, l. 428 (v. preface, pp. vii sqq.), and a trace of the legend is preserved in the name Wayland Smith's Cave, in Berkshire (v. infra). Perhaps, too, the same may be said of the river-name Welland (but see Weolud), which occurs in Latin charters as aqua de Uueeland,
    Cod. Dip. Kmbl. i. 78, 10, aqua de Uueland, 304, 6: ii. pp. 90, 281, 416
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  • Wéland him wræces cunnade, earfoþa dreág,

      Exon. Th. 377, 9; Deór. 1.
  • Wélandes geworc ne geswíceþ monna ǽnigum,

      Wald. 2; Vald. 1, 2.
  • Wélandes bearn,

      74; Vald, 2, 9.
  • Beaduscrúda betst, Wélandes geweorc,

      Beo. Th. 914; B. 455.
  • Hwǽr sint nú ðæs foremǽran and ðæs wísan goldsmiðes bán Wélondes

    ubi nunc fidelis ossa Fabricii (cf. faber) jacent?

      Bt. 19; Fox 70, 1.
  • Wélandes, Met. 10, 33, 35, 42. ¶ in local names of England :-- Ðis sint ðæs landes gemǽre æt Cumtúne (

    Compton Beauchamp, Berkshire

    ) . . . hit cymð on ðæt wíde geat be eástan Wélandes smiððan,
      Cod. Dip. Kmbl. v. 332, 23.
  • Andlang strǽte on Wélandes stocc (

    boundaries of land at Princes Risborough, Bucks

      Cod. Dip. B. ii. 259, 13.
[O. H. Ger. Wielant, Wiolant: Icel. Völundr.]
Similar entries
v. Kemble's Saxons in England, i. 420 sqq.; Stephens' King Waldere's Lay, pp. 35 sqq.; Grmm. D. M. 350.
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v.  Weolud.
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  • Wéland, n.