About LMNL


A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law (LMNL) is a polyglot dictionary covering legal terminology used in medieval Nordic law texts. It was created as a project within the The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University. A general description of the project is available on the University MNLD Website. Generous funding has been provided by The Swedish Research Council and Riksbankens jubileumsfond. LMNL is a part of the Medieval Nordic Laws (MNL) project based at the University of Aberdeen.

This digital version of the LMNL has been made possible through a collaboration between the LMNL editors and the Digital Humanities Institute at The University of Sheffield. The LMNL is also available as a downloadable PDF or print-on-demand through Open Book Publishers (OBP, from Jan 2020). This book format publication has been made possible by members of OBP who have created an innovative pipeline for converting the LMNL database into a PDF (parts of which are available in Github). We've elected to do this both to ensure the longevity of the lexicon and to open up its content to be more FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) by generating CC-licensed PDFs and XML. Funding for this process has been generously provided by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Magnus Bergvalls Stiftelse, Längmanska kulturfonden and Åke Wibergs stiftelse.

Project Members

Inger Larsson, editor (Old Swedish)
Ulrika Djärv, editor (Old Swedish, Old Danish)
Jeffrey Love, editor (Old Icelandic)
Christine Peel, editor (Old Swedish, Old Gutnish)
Erik Simensen, editor (Old Norwegian)
George Ionita, research software engineer
Ryan Bloor, database developer
Stefan Brink, contributor

Please send questions or comments concerning the LMNL to the editors. The editors are interested in expanding the LMNL to include additional texts and citations. If you are translating Nordic legal texts and are interested in having your material included in the LMNL, please write to us to discuss whether we might work together.

Homepage background image: Karte 65 of the 1880 Spruner-Menke Handatlas. Source: Wikimedia commons (CC0)