grafgangsmaðr (ON) noun

An impoverished man, typically a freed slave, who was put in an open grave with his family; the one who lived the longest was saved and supported by the former master.


gravegoer ONorw GuL Løb, Leb
pauper freedman ONorw GuL Løb, Leb Refs:

KLNM s.v. fattigvård

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/1787
    (11/26/2022)