lykil (OSw) lykel (ODan) nykil (OSw) noun

Keys appear in contexts of legal responsibility of stolen goods found in houses and containers (ODan JyL 2; OSw HL Mb; UL Mb; YVgL Kkb), theft from churches (OSw DL, SdmL), the care of ships (GL A 36), and women’s legal status (ODan ESjL 1; OSw UL Äb; YVgL Gb, Add). In OSw MESt the mayors were to have the keys to the house or chest containing the town seal, book and charters.

key ODan ESjL 1, 3
ODan JyL 2
ODan VSjL 87
OSw ÄVgL Äb, Tb
OSw DL Kkb
OSw KrL Add
OSw MESt Kgb
OSw SdmL Kkb
OSw YVgL Kkb, Gb, Tb, Add


las ok lykil/nykil (OSw)

lock and key OSw HL Äb KrL Gb, Tb MEL Tb MESt Gb ÖgL Jb, Bb


Carlsson 1942

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