Bjarkey-

Old Norse Dictionary - bjarkey-

Meaning of Old Norse word "bjarkey-" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

bjarkey-
in the word bjarkeyjar-réttr, m. town-law, used as opposed to landslög or landsréttr, county-law, Sks. 22; sökin veit til landslaga en eigi til bjarkeyjarréttar, Fms. vii. 130; vide n. G. L. i. 303–336. It is an illustration of this curious word, that the Danes at present call a justice ‘birkedommer,’ and the district ‘birk;’ cp. local names, as in Sweden,—in Birchâ civitate regiâ, Johann. Magnus 542 (Ed. 1554); civitas Birchensis, 556; in Birchâ civitate tum maxima, 541; in Norway, Bjarkey is one of the northern islands, whence the famous Norse family Bjarkeyingar took their name; v. Munch, the pref. to Norge’s Beskrivelse. Etym. uncertain; hedged in with birch (?).

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛁᛅᚱᚴᛁᚢ-
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

cp.
compare.
f.
feminine.
L.
Linnæus.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
pref.
preface.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
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