bo (OSw) bo (ODan) bo (OGu) (ON) (OSw) noun

Literally ‘dwelling’ with many separate meanings in the laws: 1) a farm, group of farms, or a village; 2) the houses themselves and the function of the dwelling as an economic unit, sometimes including the people living and working there; 3) the belongings representing a substantial part of its value including livestock; and 4) an older administrative unit in ÄVgL (not in the excerpted parts of the law) related to royal manors.


capital in a household OIce Grg Þsþ 81
cattle OSw ÄVgL Urb
OSw YVgL Rlb, Add

common property OSw YVgL Frb
court (2) ONorw GuL Mhb
estate ODan ESjL 3
ODan SkBL
ODan SkL 7, 141, 146, 152
ONorw GuL Llb
OSw BjR
OSw DL Eb
OSw KrL Gb Eb Hb Tb Add
OSw MEL Gb Eb Tb
OSw MESt Gb
OSw SdmL Jb
OSw UL Kgb, Äb
OSw VmL Kgb, Äb

family home OSw KrL Gb
OSw MEL Gb

family property OSw MEL Eb
farm OGu GL A 6
OIce Grg Vís 89
OIce Llb 10
OIce KRA 14, 15
ONorw BorgL 5.13
ONorw FrL KrbA 33
ONorw GuL Krb, Mhb, Olb
ONorw MLL Llb, Kab 1
OSw ÄVgL Äb
OSw ÖgL Gb

farmstead OIce Kab 15
OSw KrL Kmb
OSw ÖgL Gb Äb

goods OSw YVgL Rlb
home ODan ESjL 2
OSw ÄVgL Slb, Äb, Gb, Rlb, Jb
OSw DL Tjdb
OSw HL Äb
OSw ÖgL Kkb, Db
OSw SdmL Kgb, Mb, Tjdb
OSw YVgL Urb, Äb, Gb, Tb, Jb, Add

house ODan ESjL 1
ODan JyL 3
ODan SkL 5
OGu GL A 10
OSw MEL DbII

household ODan ESjL 1, 3
ODan JyL 2, 3
ODan VSjL 1, 12
OIce Grg Þsþ 27, 81 Vís 97 Fjl 225
OIce Sg 1 Kge 14, 21
OIce KRA 26
ONorw BorgL 8.5
ONorw EidsL 41.3
ONorw GuL Arb, Leb
ONorw MLL Lvb 5, 7, Mah 4, Ert 19, Llb
OSw KrL Äb
OSw MEL Äb
OSw MESt Äb
OSw SdmL Gb
OSw UL Äb, Rb
OSw VmL Äb, Rb

household estate OSw KrL Rb
OSw MEL Rb

household stock OIce Grg Þsþ 81
OIce Js Mah 7, Kab 1

land ONorw FrL KrbB 20
manor ODan SkL 228
movables OSw SdmL Kmb
property ODan ESjL 1
ODan VSjL 3
OSw ÄVgL Äb
OSw DL Eb
OSw HL Kkb, Kgb
OSw KrL Jb
OSw MEL Jb
OSw ÖgL Eb, Db, Gb, Äb, Jb, Kmb, Rb, Bb
OSw UL Kgb, Mb, Jb, Add. 5
OSw VmL Kgb, Mb, Jb
OSw YVgL Äb, Rlb, Tb

residence ODan ESjL 2
stock animals ONorw EidsL 19.1
Expressions:

bregða búi (ON)

give up householding OIce Grg Þsþ 80

byght bo (OSw)

cultivated farm OSw ÖgL Gb

eiga í búi (ON)

own a share in a household OIce Grg Feþ 152

gera bú (ON)

start householding OIce Grg Tíg 259

Refs:

Árni Júlíússon 2010, 8; CV s.v. ; KLNM s.v. bo, kronogods; Lindkvist 2021, 3; Miller 1990, 115; ONP s.v. ; Schlyter s.v. bo; Wiktorsson 2011:II, 160−65

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/590
    (05/26/2024)