eiðbróðir (ON) noun

A man allied with another in a relationship of mutual rights and obligations. The relationship did not require kinship, and was probably established through some ritual. In GuL an eiðbróðir could receive compensation if the other was killed.

sworn brother ONorw GuL Mhb Refs:

KLNM s.v. fostbrorskap

  • ‘eiðbróðir’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/1002