gyrþlugyrt (OGu) adj.

Literally, ‘girt with a girdle’. In the context of GL, it refers to either the male inheritance side or the female inheritance side. Schlyter and others argue for the former, while Pipping and SL GL argue for the latter. Both arguments are supported by examples from other texts where the context seems either to favour one interpretation or the other. Peel has followed Pipping in translating this as the female (side). The equivalent English translation would be ‘distaff side’. The word more commonly used in the Swedish provincial laws is möþerni (q.v.).

female OGu GL A 20 Refs:

KLNM s.v. gördel och gördelmakare; Peel 2015, 133−34 note 20/24−26; Pipping 1904, 7−10; Schlyter 1877, s.v. gyrþlugyrt; SL GL, 266−67 note 12

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