jamnaþareþer (OSw) javnetheeth (ODan) jafnaðareiðr (ON) noun

An oath establishing the equal status of both parties at a settlement. It was an assurance given by the offending party to the aggrieved party that, if the circumstances of the case had been reversed, they would accept an identical settlement. In Iceland these were banned with the introduction of Js (Mah 37).

levelling oath ODan ESjL 3
ODan SkL 113−115

oath OSw MEL Äb
oath of equality OSw ÄVgL Vs

oath of equity OIce Js Mah 37
OSw KrL Äb
OSw ÖgL Äb

CV s.v. eiðr; Fritzner s.v. jafnaðareiðr; GAO s.v. Selbsurteil; Hagland and Sandnes 1997, 108; Hertzberg s.v. jafnaðareiðr; KLNM s.v. böter, drab; Miller 1988; Tamm and Vogt 2016, 310

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2560