huþ (OSw) huth (ODan) húð (ON) noun

Two senses are to be distinguished: 1) skin of human beings, and 2) hides, skin of animals. 1) Referring to human skin concerns corporal punishment, i.e. flogging (whipping), mainly for theft, including illicit barking of another’s tree (OSw SdmL, VmL) and use of another’s horse (ODan ESjL), as well as for sending a hired man in one’s place for military duty (ODan JyL). It was rarely specified who was to effect the punishment, but the plaintiff (OSw SdmL) as well as officials such as lænsmaþer (OSw VmL, YVgL) and umbuthsman (ODan SjL) were mentioned. 2) Hides were needed as material for cordage in the fleet of conscripted warships. See GuL ch. 308. They were also articles of payment and trade.

hide ONorw GuL Leb
hide whipping ODan VSjL 87
skin ODan ESjL 2
ODan SkKL 10
ODan SkL 151, 160, 161
OSw KrL Add
OSw ÖgL Vm
OSw SdmL Tjdb

skin of animals ONorw GuL Krb, Kpb
skin of human beings ONorw GuL Krb, Tjb
whip ODan SkL 162
whipping ODan VSjL 87

hud döma ok baden öron (OSw)

sentence to a whipping and the loss of both ears OSw KrL Tb MEL Tb

hudh mista (OSw)

lose the skin OSw KrL Add MESt Tb

hwdh at mista eller limi (OSw)

lose skin or limbs OSw KrL Tb

mista huþ ok öron (OSw)

lose skin and ears OSw YVgL Tb


KLNM s.v. hudlag

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