lögréttufé (ON) noun

Funds at the disposal of the Law Council in Iceland. It is unclear how these funds were generated. Grg Feþ 147 states that payments for licenses to marry someone who was too closely related were paid as lögréttufé, and it is possible that other forms of license generated revenue as well. The lawspeaker (ON lögsögumaðr) was annually paid two hundreds of homespun cloth from Law Council money (cf. Grg Lsþ 116). Presumably these payments ceased to be collected when Iceland fell under Norwegian rule and the Law Council lost its legislative powers.


Law Council money OIce Grg Feþ 147
Law Council’s funds OIce Grg Lsþ 116 Refs:

CV; Fritzner; GrgTr I:188 n.7; KLNM s.v. embedsindtægter, lögrétta

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/3322
    (04/23/2024)