Éadwine

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This article is about the father of Ælfwine. For the son of Ælfwine, see Eädwine.
Éadwine
Anglo-Saxon
Biographical Information
PositionMariner
LocationEngland
LanguageOld English
Birth9th century AD
DeathFate unknown (set sail in about 878 AD but never returned)
Family
ParentageÓswine
ChildrenÆlfwine
Physical Description
GenderMale
SteedÉarendel (ship)

Éadwine was a Man living in the Anglo-Saxon England in the 9th century AD. He was the father of the famous seafarer Ælfwine, the first mortal to find the Straight Road in thousands of years.[1]

History[edit]

Éadwine was an experienced seaman, who often told stories of strange, faraway lands to his young son Ælfwine. However, around the year 878 AD, when Ælfwine was still a child, Éadwine took his ship Éarendel out to the sea and never returned. Around the same time, Éadwine's wife fled to her kin in West Wales, taking their son with her.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Éadwine is in Old English and consists of the elements ead ("wealth, fortune") + wine ("friend").[2] Its modern English cognate is Edwin, seen in the name of Edwin Lowdham, the father of Alwin Lowdham, one of the main characters in The Notion Club Papers.[3]

Genealogy[edit]

Óswine
fl. 9th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
ÉADWINE
fl. 9th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ælfwine
b. c. 869 AD
 

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

According to the early legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales, the father of Ælfwine was a man named Déor.[4]

In The Lost Road, Éadwine wasn't the name of Ælfwine's father but rather that of his son.[5]

See also[edit]

References