Brúð-fé

Old Norse Dictionary - brúð-fé

Meaning of Old Norse word "brúð-fé" in English.

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

brúð-fé
n. a bride’s fee; cp. the ‘duty to the priest and clerk’ in the Engl. service; the bride’s fee is mentioned in the beautiful heathen poem Þrymskviða (our chief authority in these matters), 29, 32; where it is a fee or gift of the bride to the giant maid. It seems to be a fee paid by the guests for attendance and waiting. Unfortunately there is a lacuna in verse 29, the last part of which refers to the bekkjargjöf (vide 57); the poem is only left in a single MS. and the text cannot be restored. It is carious that Þkv. 32 calls this fee ‘shillings,’ cp. Germ. braut schilling (Grimm); it shews that the bride’s fee was paid in small pieces of money.

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

Abbreviations used:

cp.
compare.
Engl.
English.
Germ.
German.
gl.
glossary.
id.
idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
S.
Saga.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Þkv.
Þryms-kviða. (A. I.)
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