Cadan Lothsgeld

Cadan was born in the village of Behethlen in the year 938AD, to Erik and Elowen Lothsgeld, Erik being son to Haldor Lothsgeld (first of his name).

‘The name Lothsgeld is one taken by Haldor during his younger days, when he broke with tradition and took a name for himself. Its meaning comes out of a tactic used by Haldor in battle, whereby he literally gelded his foes in the shield wall. He became known and feared for this tactic so took the name with pride after his Jarl started calling him that. Loth is from the Old English ‘lath’ meaning hateful/hostile and Geld from Old Norse ‘gelda’ meaning to castrate. His name, therefore, means effectively ‘Hateful Gelder’, a tactic taught to and utilised by members of the Lothsgeld family since that time’.

Haldor hails from Hedeby in Denmark and together with his brother Einarr, left with a raiding party in the year 907AD. Einarr took up with a crew heading towards the Emerald Isle of Ireland and Haldor went south towards Wessex. Following several raids along the Eastern and Southern Wessex coastline, their party landed in the fishing village of Behethlen in the Kingdom of Cornwall. The ships crew had, had dealings with the Cornish in the past and found that trade with them proved profitable. On this occasion however, Haldor met and fell in love with his future bride, Bryluen, the daughter of a local fisherman. Haldor and two other crew members, having little family back in Hedeby decided to stay in Cornwall. Haldor went on to have a son (Erik in 910AD) and a daughter (Kayna in 913AD).

Haldor continued to raid on occasion, but in order to make money became an accomplished leatherworker, preferring a land based trade to fishing which he was not good at! Erik followed in his father’s footsteps and also became a leatherworker, continuing a steadily growing business in the village. Erik continued to raid along the Southern Wessex coast with other Norse descendants in Cornwall during the winter months, ensuring their survival when farming was poor. In 938AD Erik and Elowen (a girl he’d met whilst travelling to a northern Cornish village), had Cadan, meaning ‘Battle’.

Cadan grew to be a strong lad, he enjoyed fishing with his Father, sailing and learnt to fight with spear and langseax when he was of age. He continued the family business and learnt the trade of Tanning and Leatherworking, a craft of which he became very accomplished. As a late teen he went with his Father on raids, becoming quite proficient in the shield wall. Cadan spent his twenties off raiding and fighting the Saxons, whilst his father retired from fighting and tended the business. Raiding was prosperous and he returned home many times with gold and silver in fair quantities. The village flourished and became a hub for trade, travellers coming from far away to see the wares of the Cornish hamlet. In 968AD Cadan met and became wed to Braeca O’Dalaigh from a village to the West of Behethlen, someone he met when her family came to trade. They have four children, Uther, Seth, Blyth and Dromund, all boys!! Cadan has grown up a Celtic Christian, but honours his Grandfather by remembering the Old Norse gods and using some of his original Viking raiding gear.

Cadan and his family continue to live in the village and he now maintains the family business if not out raiding or protecting the Cornish border from King Athelred the Unready’s Saxon forces. When off raiding, Aetta, Cadan’s Cousin’s daughter lives with Braeca whilst her father Sigurd Olafson (grandson of Einarr) joins with Cadan in the Warband. Sigurd came to the village by chance some years before, trading with the Cornish from his home in Dublin and following a night filled with mead and tales of yore, they discovered their familial link. Both have become inseparable friends ever since.

When fighting Cadan serves his Sturaesman, Gyrd Grimson of the Warband, Morvelydh. Together they plunder Southern Wessex and battle Saxon foes, repelling them where able and of course, continuing his family name!!