har (1) (OSw) har (ODan) hár (ON) noun

Hair appears in the laws mainly in the context of honour. Pulling someone’s hair was a punishable offence in ODan, OGu, ONorw and OSw laws. A woman could have her hair cut as a penalty for adultery (OSw SdmL, UL). Cutting a man’s hair was punished both as a defect (OSw læst) and a wound (OSw sar) (OSw ÄVgL Smb). Accusing a woman of being seen with loose hair was in insult (OSw ÄVgL, YVgL). The possession of cut hair (and nails) also appears as evidence of witchcraft (OSw SmL).

hair ODan VSjL 25, 45, 86
ONorw GuL Mhb
OSw ÄVgL Smb


dragha i har (OSw) draghe uti har (ODan)

pull by the hair ODan SkBL OSw MESt SmbI

horn ok har (OSw)

nails and hair OSw SmL

taka i har (OSw, OGu) take i har (ODan)

lug by the hair OSw YVgL Kkb ÄVgL Kkb

pull the hair ODan VSjL 86

take by the hair OGu GL A 8, 11, 19

take in the hair ODan ESjL 2


Carlsson 1934, 130−31; KLNM s.v.v. hår, skamstraff, trolldom

  • ‘har (1)’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2011