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WERE. The name of a fine among the Saxons imposed upon a murderer.
     2. The life of every man, not excepting that of the king himself, was estimated at a certain price, which was called the were, or vestimatio capitis. The amount varied according to the dignity of the person murdered. The price of wounds was also varied according to the nature of the wound, or the member injured.

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10) As that took place late in the prehistoric period, and Brittonic final syllables were not lost until the end of the fifth ceatury, it is likely that wered, if from Celtic, is a sixth-ceatury borrowing.
Yet there is a major objection to the above, as least as regards Beowulf 496, ia an interpretation of scir wered which has gained ground since 1967.
Hence, in the context of heroic verse and of a derivatioa of wered from Celtic, it is the original translatioa of sceacte scir wered ~he poured out bright liquor' which makes better sense.