fiarþunger (OSw) fjarthing (ODan) fiarþungr (OGu) fjórðungr (ON) fiorþongr (OSw) fiorþunger (OSw) fiærþunger (OSw) fiærþungær (OSw) noun

Literally a ‘fourth’ of something. A lower judicial and administrative district in OSw JyL, VgL, ÖgL, SdmL, UL, VmL, and the Norwegian laws GuL and FrL. In ODan ESjL and SkL it is used in land-distribution.

In the Icelandic laws the fjórðungr was the largest administrative district beneath land (q.v.). According to Íslendingabók Iceland was divided into four fjórðungr (north, east, south and west) during the tenth century.

couplet OIce Grg Misc 238
fourth OSw ÄVgL Smb
fourth part of a hundred OSw MEL Rb
quarter ODan ESjL 2
ODan JyL 2, 3
ODan SkL 73, 75, 76
ODan VSjL 78–80
OGu GL A 24c
OIce Grg passim
OIce Þfb 9 Sg 2 Kge 1, 18
OIce Js Ert 25, Kab 3
OSw KrL Äb Bb Rb Eb
OSw ÖgL Db
OSw SdmL Kgb, Bb, Kmb, Rb, Till
OSw UL Kgb, Äb, Mb, Kmb, Blb, Rb
OSw VmL Kkb, Kgb, Äb, Mb, Jb, Kmb, Bb, Rb

quarter of a {fylki} ONorw GuL Krb, Kpb, Løb, Llb, Llb, Olb, Leb
quarter of the {hæraþ} OSw ÖgL Rb
quarter stanza OIce Mah 26
OIce Js Mah 25

quarter-share OIce Grg Lbþ 215
OIce Llb 62

Hafström 1949b, 58–59; KLNM s.v. fjerding; Lundberg 1972, 78–80

  • ‘fiarþunger’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.