hovoþ (OSw) höfuð (ON) noun

Injuries to a man’s head were severely punished, see, e.g., GuL chs 238, 241, 242. On the other hand, a slave should be punished for theft by having his head cut off (ch. 259).


capital lot OSw ÖgL Gb
head of animals ONorw GuL Kvr, Leb
head of human beings ONorw GuL Mhb, Tjb
outer boundary OSw ÖgL Bb
Expressions:

mista hovoþ (OSw)

lose one's head (i.e. be decapitated) OSw KrL Eb MESt Kgb Eb, Hb, DbI

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2191
    (07/16/2024)