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This name derives from Ancient Germanic “Waltheri”, composed of two elements: “*waldaʐ” (ruler, might, mighty one, power, powerful one) plus “*harjaz” (army, army leader, commander, warrior). The name means “ruler of the army, leader of an army”. Waltheri son of Wacho from his third wife Silinga, was a king of the Lombards from 539 to 546. He was an infant king, and the rule was administered by Audoin. The Latinized form is Waltharius, the title of a poem on the legendary Gothic king Walter of Aquitaine. Jacob Grimm in Teutonic Mythology speculates that Walthari, literally "wielder of hosts", may have been an epithet of the god of war, Ziu or Eor, and that the circumstance that the hero of the Waltharius poems loses his right hand in battle may be significant, linking him to the Norse tradition of Tyr.

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