gagngjald (ON) noun

The gagngjald or tilgjöf (‘bridal gift’, ‘husband’s gift’) was given by the bridegroom to the bride as a ‘donatio propter nuptias’ (lit. ‘gift because of marriage’). The size of the gagngjald was to be in a fixed relation to the size of the heimanfylgja (see hemfylghþ).

bridal gift OIce Kge 13
OIce Js Ert 19
ONorw GuL Kvb, Arb

husband’s gift ONorw GuL Kvb, Arb

Helle 2001, 139; Hertzberg s.v. gagngjald; KLNM s.v.v. enke, festermål, medgift, ægteskab; Robberstad 1981, 348, 361

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