forfall (OSw) forfal (ODan) forfall (OGu) forfall (ON) forfald (OSw) noun

Typically referring to a circumstance, such as illness or service to the king, preventing the performance of a duty. Often appearing with the same meaning, ‘lawful excuse’, in the phrase lagha forfall in OSw and as the compound lagheforfal in ODan (which, however, has been dealt with as a phrase here). Also of impediments to marriage. Partly synonymous with nöþsyn (q.v.) (OSw).

absence ODan ESjL 3
ODan SkKL 11
ODan SkL 72, 83
ODan VSjL 50, 77, 84, 87

excusal OSw UL Mb, Rb
OSw VmL Mb, Rb

excuse OSw ÄVgL Kkb, Gb
OSw DL Kkb, Rb
ODan ESjL 2, 3
OSw HL Kgb, Mb, Rb
ODan JyL 1, 2
OSw ÖgL Kkb, Db
OSw SdmL Kkb, Kgb, Gb, Tjdb, Rb
ODan SkKL 7
OSw UL Kkb, Kgb, Mb, Jb, Add. 18
OSw VmL Kkb, Kgb, Jb
ODan VSjL 84
OSw YVgL Kkb, Gb, Rlb, Tb, Föb, Add

hindrance OSw SdmL Kkb
OSw VmL Kkb, Äb

impediment OSw SmL
OSw UL Kkb
OSw VmL Kkb

lawful absence ODan SkL 146, 147
lawful excuse OSw HL Kkb
ODan JyL 2

legal excuse ODan ESjL 3
necessity OIce Þfb 2
neglect OSw SmL
obstacle OSw DL Kkb

prevention ODan ESjL 3
reasonable excuse OFar Seyð 10
reasons OGu GS Ch. 4
rightful absence ODan SkL 147 Refs:

Gammeldansk ordbog s.v. lagheforfal

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