laghsagha (OSw) lögsaga (ON) noun

Literally, ‘law speaking’ or ‘law saying’, which might be a translational borrowing of the Latin, jurisdiction. This word is used in three distinct meanings. The closest to the literal meaning is the formal recitation of the law by a lawman, for example in the OIce Grg, also including the office of the man who does the recitation. The second is the written manifestation of the law — the legislation itself, and the third is the jurisdiction over which a particular version of the law is relevant; this last could be a grouping of a number of provinces, a single province or a smaller division thereof. In the third meaning, the word is often coupled with land (q.v.) in an alliterative expression that seems to be synonymic. A distinction is drawn in UL between hundari (q.v.), folkland (q.v.), and laghsagha in such a way that it is evident that increasing areas of authority are referenced. Wessén clearly equates laghsaga with ‘landskap’, province.

jurisdiction OSw KrL Jb Rb Tb
OSw MEL Jb Rb Tb
OSw ÖgL Eb, Db, Jb, Kmb, Rb
OSw SdmL Tjdb, Till
OSw UL Mb, Jb, Rb
OSw VmL Mb, Jb

law-speaking OIce Grg Klþ 19
Lawspeakership OIce Grg Lsþ 116
legal district OSw DL Bb
legislation OSw UL För
province OSw KrL Kgb

recitation of the law OSw SdmL Rb
OSw VmL Rb

statement of the law OSw ÖgL Bb

KLNM, s.v. lagsaga; Schlyter 1877, s.v. laghsagha; SL VmL, 103 note 198

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