hemfylghþ (OSw) haim fylgi (OGu) heimanfylgja (ON) hemfylghia (OSw) hemfylgia (OSw) noun

A gift from parents, or the other closest relative, to a child — particularly a daughter — on marriage. Likely to be the personal property of the woman and typically consisted of textiles and tools for textile making, but also other movables and immovables, reflecting the resources of the giver. In OSw, an advance of the inheritance, in some laws compulsory while in others voluntary, and to be returned for redistribution at the death of the giver. In ÖgL, also the gift given by the groom to the bride. In ONorw, a substitution for inheritance of daughters, and could not be redistributed among her siblings. Although the term is not attested in Danish laws, wedding gifts to daughters are presumed to have been given, albeit with no specification as to them being her personal property.

advance of inheritance OSw HL Äb
dowry OSw ÄVgL Äb
ONorw FrL KrbB 7, 17 ArbB 19 Kvb 2
OGu GL A 20, 28, 46
OIce Grg Þsþ 62 Arþ 118 Feþ 144, 150 Fjl 223
OIce Mah 30 Kge 1, 13
OIce Js Mah 36 Kvg 1, 3 Ert 19
OIce KRA 18
OSw ÖgL Gb

endowment OIce KRA 4
marriage gift OSw ÄVgL Äb, Jb
OSw YVgL Äb, Jb

marriage portion ONorw GuL Arb
OSw KrL Gb
OSw SdmL Gb
OSw UL Äb (table of contents only)
OSw VmL Äb (rubric only)

KLNM s.v. medgift; Kock 1926; SAOB, s.v. hemföljd; Schlyter s.v.v. fylghþ, haim fylgi, hemfylghþ

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2090