Old Icelandic Law

For now, this page shall hold links to the posts I have made regarding medieval Icelandic law over on this website’s mother-blog, as I like to call it (since this website originally grew from that blog). These posts contain excerpts from a medieval text known as the Grágás, or Grey-goose laws. They were first written in the twelfth century, but existed in an oral form prior. In the future, I hope to expand this page so that it may become a helpful resource for people interested in this material. While laws often seem to be quite dull, they help shed light on fascinating topics, such as magic and berserks. Yet, these laws can be difficult to obtain, since there are few translations available in English. Thus, I hope to make folk more aware of them by discussing the interesting bits of law that they offer in a way that is easily accessible, but not too infringing.

  1. On Quarter Courts
  2. On Burning
  3. On Appointing the Lawspeaker
  4. On Killing Foreigners, Part I
  5. On Killing Foreigners, Part II
  6. On Child Baptism
  7. On Bishops
  8. On the Responsibility for Horses
  9. On the Nomination of Judges
  10. On Tenant’s Rights: Legal Action, Fuel, and Woodlands
  11. On Women’s Rights: Reclaiming Property during Separation
  12. On Punishing Berserks
  13. On Misplaced Faith
  14. On the Practice of Magic
  15. On Women that Men can Kill for