læn (OSw) læn (ODan) lén (ON) noun

Literally ’loan’. Granted by a superior to a subordinate, and may refer to the area granted, the revenue from this area, the office controlling it, and it is not always clear which of the senses is intended. Most of the regulations deal with restrictions on the fief-holder’s rights, and with causes for him to lose his fief. In OIce Jó referring to the king’s sheriff in charge of a district.


area of an office ODan JyL 2
OSw KrL Bb

charge of a district OIce Fml 14
county OSw UL Kgb, Kmb, Rb
OSw VmL Kmb

district OSw KrL Rb
OSw MEL Rb

enfeoffment OSw SdmL Kgb, Kmb, Till
fief OSw YVgL Urb, Add
loan OSw KrL Kgb
OSw MEL Kgb

office ODan JyL 2, 3 Refs:

Cleasby and Vigfusson s.v. lén; Fritzner s.v. lén; Gammeldansk ordbog s.v. læn; Hertzberg s.v. lén; KLNM s.v. län; Schlyter s.v. læn; Schlyter Bihang s.v. læn

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/3447
    (02/21/2024)