harðafang (ON) noun

This term (lit. meaning ‘that which is difficult to get’) refers to the mulct which a debtor had to pay to his creditor if the latter required distraint.

distraint ONorw GuL Kpb
recovery mulct OIce Grg Feþ 164 Fjl 221
OIce Js Kab 4

Hertzberg s.v. harðafang; KLNM s.v.v. execution, handarband; handsal, straff; Laws of early Iceland 2000, 391; Lúðvík Ingvarsson 1970, 266−72; RGA2 s.v. zwangsvollstreckung

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2017