hælghidomber (OSw) helaghdom (ODan) noun

Holy objects appear in certain oath procedures concerning disputed borders between land (q.v.) and hæraþ (q.v.) and disputed land transactions (OSw YVgL) as well as in the new king’s oath of allegiance, which should be sworn holding both a book and holy relic (OSw SdmL). According to ODan SkL 113 a levelling oath (ODan javnetheeth, see jamnaþareþer) should be sworn on a book, not on holy relics. The word also occurs referring to places of pilgrimage (ODan SkL 83, 124) and relics in a church (ODan SkKL 1).


holy object ODan SkKL 1
ODan SkL 113
OSw KrL Jb Rb Hb
OSw MEL Rb Hb

holy place ODan SkL 83, 146
holy relic OSw SdmL Till
OSw YVgL Jb, Add

relic OSw KrL Kgb
OSw MEL Kgb
OSw MESt Kgb

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2399
    (07/21/2024)