húskarl (ON) noun

Several compounds beginning with hus ‘house’ or hem ‘home’ refer to people of varying status and degree of dependence serving at or managing a house(hold), and a karl was a grown man, potentially a warrior. Thus, a man performing service, including military, at the house or in the retinue of another, usually high-ranking, man, or possibly woman.


hired man OIce Fml 3
man-servant ONorw FrL Var 43
retainer OIce Grg Misc 238
servant OFar Seyð 8
serving man OIce Grg Klþ 3, 5 Vís 89 Feþ 164, 166 Refs:

Brink 2012, 151−54; Fritzner s.v. húskarl; Hertzberg s.v. húskarl; KLNM s.v. hird; von See 1964, 167

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2341
    (02/22/2024)