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What does “anhaga” mean?

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Anhaga is an Old English word which can be translated as “lone one”, or “solitary warrior.” I use it to mean “lone wanderer.”  Since my earliest days I have felt alone.  Here is a verse from a poem composed when I was perhaps seventeen or eighteen, and even then I was building on a body of work which had this as a recurrent theme:

The wanderer walked along his life,

His heart his load,

No friend had he in all the world

Except the road.