'people of old times' (always in phrase in ~)(Modern English ere)
A compound of the adv. are, possibly derived from ON, and the OE n. þeod. See further are (adv.).
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
ár (adv) 'early'
(ONP ár (4) (adv.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far ári, Icel ár, Norw år
cp. ǣr (comp.) 'before, earlier'
Phonological and morphological markers
Only two further instances of this compound are cited by MED, both from the Thornton collection (Lincoln, Cathedral Library 91) (Degrev. and Isumb.). McGee (358) notes that er is the usual form of the adv. found in Pe and Pat (though ar, or occurs elsewhere in the Gaw MS).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus