görtǿki (ON) görtæki (ON) noun

A lesser form of theft only mentioned in Grg. According to Grg Rsþ 227 people who took items worth between one penningr and half an eyrir were to be prosecuted for görtǿki (‘appropriation’) rather than theft. The penalty was double the value of the item taken and a three mark fine. In some instances (e.g. Grg Fjl 224) the prosecutor had a choice between charging someone with görtǿki or outright theft.

appropriation OIce Grg Lbþ 186, 198 Lbþ 215 Fjl 221, 224 Rsþ 227
appropriation mulct OIce Grg Lbþ 215 Fjl 224 Refs:

CV s.v. görtœki; F s.v. görtœki; KLNM s.v. förskingring, tyveri

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/1766