Thrall

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A thrall (Old Norse: þræll, Icelandic: þræll, Faroese: trælur, Norwegian: trell, træl, Danish: træl, Swedish: träl)[1] was a slave[2] or serf in Scandinavian lands during the Viking Age. The corresponding term in Old English was þēow (plural þēowas). The status of slave (þræll, þēow) contrasts with that of the freeman (karl, ceorl) and the nobleman (jarl, eorl). The Middle Latin rendition of the term in early Germanic law is servus.