garþer (OSw) garth (ODan) garþr (OGu) garðr (ON) gærþer (OSw) noun

It is often unfeasible to distinguish between the main meanings, ‘fence, barrier’ and ‘enclosed land’, which is an ambiguity that can be traced back to the etymological origin of garþer. By extension garþer also may refer to the houses themselves — of various size and stature — and/or to the open space enclosed by those houses.

dam OIce Llb 56
enclosure OGu GL A 24f (64), 25
OIce Grg Rsþ 230
ONorw BorgL 9.1
ONorw EidsL 38.2

estate OIce Kge 13
OIce Js Ert 19
OIce KRA 15
ONorw GuL Arb
OSw KrL Kgb
OSw MESt Kgb

farm ODan ESjL 2, 3
ODan JyL 2, 3
ODan SkL 6
ODan VSjL 56, 65, 86
OGu GL A 12, 13, 16, 17, 20, 27, 37, 39, 50, 56, 65, Add. 7, 8 (B 49, 55)
OGu GS Ch. 3
OIce Mah 3
ONorw EidsL 27.6
ONorw GuL Mhb
OSw ÄVgL Slb, Äb, Gb, Jb, Tb
OSw DL Eb, Gb, Rb
OSw HL Kkb, Kgb, Äb, Mb, Jb, Kmb, Blb, Rb
OSw KrL Gb Bb Add
OSw MESt Gb Äb Jb Bb Skb Add
OSw ÖgL Eb, Db, Gb, Jb, Rb, Bb
OSw SdmL Kgb, Gb, Bb, Kmb, Mb, Tjdb, Rb
OSw UL Kgb, Äb, Mb, Kmb, Blb, Rb
OSw VmL Kgb, Äb, Mb, Jb, Kmb, Bb, Rb
OSw YVgL Kkb, Äb, Gb, Tb, Föb, Add

farm estate OGu GL A 20
farm unit ODan JyL 3
farmstead ODan ESjL 2
OSw ÖgL Eb, Db, Gb
OSw YVgL Tb, Add

farmyard OSw DL Eb, Mb
OSw UL Kgb, Mb, Blb
OSw VmL Kgb, Mb, Jb

fence ODan ESjL 2, 3
ODan JyL 1, 3
ODan SkL 167, 186
ODan VSjL 58, 74
OGu GL A 7, 9, 24f (64), 25, 26, 35, 63
OIce Mah 2 Lbb 3
ONorw FrL KrbA 13 Rgb 41 LlbA 2
ONorw GuL Krb, Kpb, Llb, Tfb, Kvr, Mhb, Tjb, Olb
OSw ÄVgL Rlb, Jb, Fös, Föb
OSw DL Bb, Tjdb
OSw HL Jb, Blb
OSw KrL Bb
OSw ÖgL Rb Bb
OSw SdmL Kkb, Jb, Bb, Till
OSw UL Kkb, Mb, Jb, Blb
OSw VmL Kkb, Mb, Jb, Bb
OSw YVgL Kkb, Urb, Rlb, Jb, Föb, Utgb, Add

fencing OSw KrL Jb

hay-yard OIce Llb 9
home ONorw GuL Tfb
home field OFar Seyð 5
homestead OIce Kab 9
OSw DL Eb, Mb, Bb, Gb, Rb
OSw KrL Rb Eb Hb
OSw MEL Rb Eb Hb
OSw MESt Eb Hb DbI SmbI

house ODan ESjL 2
ODan JyL 1−3

house and garden OSw KrL Jb

manor ODan SkL 172
place ODan ESjL 2
plantation OSw VmL Kkb, Bb
premises OIce Grg Arþ 125
OIce Kge 18

residence OSw UL Jb
OSw VmL Jb

trap OSw SdmL Bb
wall OIce Grg Þsþ 48 Lbþ 175 Fjl 222 Hrs 234
OIce Lbb 3 Llb 31 Þjb 6
OIce Js Lbb 22
ONorw EidsL 38.1

yard OIce Grg Rsþ 230
OIce Js Lbb 22 Þjb 5
ONorw FrL LlbA 1
ONorw GuL Krb, Olb
OSw SdmL Mb


lagha garþer (OSw)

Defined as to the construction and size with differences for those surrounding an OSw aker (‘field’) or an OSw æng (‘meadow’) (cp. laghegarth).

legal fence OSw HL Blb

miþal garþr (OGu)

fence between fields or meadows OGu GL A 25


Adams 1976, s.v. settlement; CV s.v. garðr; Helle 2001, 106−16; Hellquist [1948] 1964, s.v. gård; KLNM s.v. gård; Pellijeff 1967; Schlyter 1877, s.v. garþer.

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