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  • brehon- appears in Beowulf "the brehon handed him a hilted weapon" on line 1457, something like an Early Irish Political figure see w:Early Irish Law--Dictionman 22:32, 13 February 2009 (UTC) — Capitalisation? The Wikipedia page uses a capital B, as does this Irish Society article. Wikipedia also says it is "an Anglicisation of breitheamh (earlier brithem), the Irish word for a judge." [My bold.] The Irish Society article prefers "lawgiver". Pingku 07:33, 15 February 2009 (UTC)
I may stand corrected if I remember my history correctly brehons were judges in Celtic societies. Other related terms include (the king), tuath (his "dominion" or whatever you will call it), Aos Dána (wise men, sometimes included women. This included the brehons along with filí [poets, singular file], druids and bards), deirbhfine (royal family from which the king was chosen from) 50 Xylophone Players talk 13:44, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
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