Ethelfleda's dragon companion revived along with her was also aware that his master was being manipulated by the Shadow King, yet he could not bring himself to ignore his master's commands. Together they flew across the skies, pursuing and torching any humans they saw. Their loathsome behavior continued to carve deep wounds into their hearts.
Ethelfleda is the Old English form of feminine name Elfleda (archaic), derivative of the Aethelfled. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon name Æðelflæd which means "noble beauty"; composed of the elements æðel "noble" and flæd "beauty". This name became rare after the Norman conquest, but it was briefly revived in the 19th century.
Æðelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, was a 10th-century queen of Mercia (ruled from 911 to her death in 918); she was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, and his queen, Ealhswith. Her father married her to Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians. On her husband's death in 911 after the Battle of Tettenhall, she was recognised as the "Lady of the Mercians". This was not a purely honorific title; Æthelflæd was a formidable military leader and tactician and ruled for eight years.
Artwork by Anastasia Ovchinnikova.