illa (OSw) ille (ODan) ilske (ODan) illa (ON) verb

Related to words meaning ‘evil’ or ‘bad’. Mainly used in connection with disputed land, boundaries and other property such as domestic animals, but also with other legally reprehensible behaviour, such as not sending a message in due time. When the one complaining is the rightful owner of a disputed object, sometimes translated as ‘to claim’. Expresses a complaint that could be dealt with at the þing ‘assembly’, and possibly to be understood as a formal start of legal proceedings.

challenge ODan VSjL 82, 84
charge OSw YVgL Kkb
claim ODan SkL 79, 80, 83, 143, 144, 150
ODan VSjL 77
OSw ÄVgL Jb, Tb

complain ONorw GuL Løb
OSw ÄVgL Jb, Tb
OSw YVgL Tb, Jb

demand ODan SkL 37
dispute ODan SkL 72

lay claim ODan SkL 78
make a complaint ODan SkL 80

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