drap (OSw) drap (ODan) drap (OGu) dráp (ON) dræp (OSw) noun

A killing that was publicly announced and admitted, and as such contrasted to morþ ‘murder’. Both could, however, be punished by death or outlawry, as well as fines/compensation.

case of killing OSw HL Mb
execution OIce Þjb 2
OIce Js Þjb 2

homicide ODan ESjL 3
ODan VSjL 53, 86

killing ODan ESjL 2
ODan JyL 3
OSw DL Eb, Mb, Rb
OSw HL Kgb, Äb, Mb
OSw SdmL Kkb, Kgb, Äb, Mb, Tjdb, Rb
OSw UL För, Kkb, Kgb, Äb, Mb, Rb
OSw VmL För, Kgb, Äb, Mb, Rb
OSw YVgL Drb, Add
OSw ÄVgL Md, Urb
OSw ÖgL Kkb, Eb, Db, Vm

manslaughter OGu GL A 5
OSw HL Mb, Rb
OSw YVgL Add
OSw ÖgL Eb


Ekholst 2009, 155−58; KLNM s.v.drab; Maček 2009; SAOB s.v. dråp

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