lögskuldarmaðr (ON) noun

A ‘man of legal debt’; a bounden debtor. A person who was legally obligated to work for another in order to pay off a debt. Along with the leysingi, the lögskuldarmaðr occupied a social status between householders and slaves. This type of debtor also existed in medieval Sweden (cf. SdmL Mb 14:2, MESt and KrL and arvuþi (q.v.)), albeit without a specific designation.


bounden debtor OIce Grg Vís 96 Arþ 118 Refs:

CV s.v. lögskuldarmaðr; Fritzner; RGA s.v. Gesellschaft, Island

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/3338
    (04/23/2024)