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The Althing

Dave Olson  | Published on 3/9/2019

Laws and legal procedures varied from one Norse land to another and changed and evolved throughout the Norse period. We probably know more about law in Iceland during this period than other lands because more was written about it. Icelandic law books, such as Grágás (right), were written hundreds of years after the Norse era, but many of the laws and legal traditions described in the book date from the earlier commonwealth era. The laws were first written down in the winter of 1117-1118, and at least some of the laws in Grágás are thought to represent the law as practiced at that time, shortly after the close of the Viking age.

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