göngumaðr (ON) noun

A pauper supported by the community. It was illegal for able-bodied persons to beg, and certain forms of support for illegal beggars was punishable. An illegal göngumaðr could be enslaved by anyone.

vagrant OIce Grg Klþ 2 Þsþ 82 Ómb 131 Feþ 156 Hrs 234, 235 Misc 254 Refs:

Dennis, Foote and Perkins 1980, 382; Dennis, Foote and Perkins 2000, 40; Gerhold 2002, 82–93; Hertzberg, s.v. göngumaðr; KLNM s.v.v. fattigvård, tiggar

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/1761