höfþingi (OSw) høvthing (ODan) höfðingi (ON) noun

Derived from a noun meaning ‘head’, and used of any leader ranging from leaders of the realm (kununger) and various districts (hæraþshöfþingi (q.v.) and fiarþungxs höfþinganum af hæraþinu (OSw), væreldshøvthing (q.v.) (ON)), to principals in violent (gang) crimes.

chieftain OIce MagBref HT 2 Mah 1
OIce Js Kdb 2
ONorw FrL Intr 5 Mhb 62

leader ODan SkL 87
OIce Þjb 6
ONorw FrL Var 14
ONorw GuL Kpb, Olb
OSw ÖgL Db
OSw SdmL Till

lord ODan JyL Fort

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2199