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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Thain is a [[Hobbitish]], alternative (invented by Tolkien) spelling of the [[wikipedia:Early Modern English|Early Modern English]] word ''[[wikipedia:Thegn|thane]]''. Both words derive from [[Old English]] ''þegn''.  
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Thain is a [[Hobbitish]], alternative (invented by Tolkien) spelling of the word ''thane''. Both words derive from [[Old English]] ''þegn''.  
  
 
A Thane in Anglo-Saxon England was a lord holding lands from the king in his own jurisdiction, much like the thain of the Hobbits who kept the Shire instead of the King of Arnor. The title of thane was more or less equivalent to a baron.
 
A Thane in Anglo-Saxon England was a lord holding lands from the king in his own jurisdiction, much like the thain of the Hobbits who kept the Shire instead of the King of Arnor. The title of thane was more or less equivalent to a baron.

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