three Waitanias or mighty men were the political leaders of the Beiabarn while the Waldanabero was the spiritual head of the entire tribe and the Frathiamanas were the smaller local chieftains.The three Waitanias were not to be confused with the three Aithaberos, the three councilors of the Waldanabero in the Order of the Bero, although it seems possible that a Beiabarn Elder might occupy both offices.A Beiabarn settlement in the foothills of the ered mithrin was called "Waitania´s lodge".
- Original Word: "Waetan". Anglo-Saxon waetan means actually liquid, a term hardly adequate for a great chief, the word actually meant was probably the gothic verb waitan (to know, to watch).Frathagaman also seems obscure, it could be derived from gothic frathjan (apprehend, understand) and (ga)man (Fellow-man).Another possibility would be to derive Weatan from anglo-saxon wǽd (Robe) and þen or þegn (thane) and understand the title as Wedthen (robed thane).Similar Frathagaman could be derived from anglo-saxon fréot (freed) or rather frið (peace) and man(n) and could be understood as fréotman (freed man) or better fridhman (peace-man, a perspicuous title for a local chief who would often act as a judge).
Original and corrected Spellings:
- Bair - Bero
- Beijabar - Beiabarn
- Frathagaman - Frathiaman
- Orobair - Aithabero
- Waetan - Waitania
- Waildabair - Waldanabero