galghi (OSw) noun

Etymologically ‘(flexible) branch’ and closely related to a word meaning ‘pole’. An implement for execution by hanging appearing in the expression galghæ ællr gren ‘gallows or branch’. The construction consisted of up to three posts with horizontal beams.


gallows OSw KrL Tb
OSw MEL Tb

gibbet OSw UL Mb
OSw VmL Mb

Expressions:

dömas til gren ok galgha (OSw)

be condemned to hang from tree or gallows OSw KrL Tb MEL Tb

Refs:

Ambrius 1996, 38−39; Bjorvand and Lindeman 2000, s.v. galge; Hellquist s.v. galge; KLNM s.v.v. dødsstraf, galge o. galgbacke

Citation
  • ‘galghi’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/1645
    (09/23/2023)