As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- f. (réttr, m., Bs. i. 415; cp. lögréttu, afréttu, acc. pl.):—a public fold in Icel. into which the flocks are driven in the autumn from the common mountain pastures and distributed to the owners according to the marks on the ears; the word is no doubt derived from rétta, réttr, to adjust. Germ. richten; for the sheep pen is a kind of ‘court of adjustment;’ and every district has its own ‘rétt’ at a fixed place near the mountain pastures. This meeting takes place at the middle or end of September all over the country, and this season is called Réttir. For descriptions see the Laws and the Sagas, Grág. (Kb.) ch. 13, 14. Landbr. þ. (Sb.) ch. 36–44, Eb. ch. 25, Sd. ch. 15, 17, Bjarn. 59 sqq., Gullþ. ch. 14, 16, Bs. i. 415, cp. Glúm. ch. 17, Fms. vii. 218; and for mod. description see Pilar og Stúlka (1867) 15–22. The assemblage at the rétt is a kind of county fair with athletic and other sports; eigi skolu Réttir fyrr vera en fjórar vikur lifa sumars, Grág. ii. 309; Réttir byrja, Icel. Almanack (Sept. 8, 1871); lög-rétt, Sd. 149; af-rétt or af-réttr, q. v.; réttar-garðr. Gullþ. 63, Sd. 149, Eb. 106; rétta-menn, the men assembled at a rétt, Sd. 156, Bjarn. 64 (Ed. friðmenn erroneous); rétta-víg, a fight at a rétt, Ann. 1162; þau misseri börðusk þeir at réttinum (thus masc.) suðr í Flóa, Bs. i. 415.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚱᛁᛏᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
- q. v.
- quod vide.
Works & Authors cited:
- Íslenzkir Annálar. (D. IV.)
- Bjarnar Saga. (D. II.)
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Eyrbyggja Saga. (D. II.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Víga-Glúms Saga. (D. II.)
- Grágás. (B. I.)
- Gull-Þóris Saga. (D. II.)
- Konungs-bók. (B. I, C. I, etc.)
- Staðarhóls-bók. (B. I.)
- Svarfdæla Saga. (D. II.)
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