laigulenningr (OGu) leiglendingr (ON) noun

The word used in GL for a tenant, particularly a tenant farmer. The word is not known from Swedish or Danish sources, but is found in Norwegian and Icelandic sources. The sense is the same as landboe, ‘someone living on or using another’s land on payment of a lease’. Wessén considers that the word is derived from the combination leigu-land, ‘land put out to lease’.

tenant OFar Seyð 2
OGu GL A 3
OIce Grg Klþ 4 Lbþ 220
OIce Llb 42
OIce Js Lbb 11, 13
ONorw FrL LlbB 3

KLNM s.v.v. landbo, leiglending; Peel 2015, 96 note 3/18; Schlyter 1877, s.v. laigulenninger; SL GL, 247 note 7

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