Fasta

Old Norse Dictionary - fasta

Meaning of Old Norse word "fasta" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

fasta Old Norse word can mean:

fasta
u, f. [Ulf. fastubni; O. H. G. fastá; Germ. faste; Swed. fasta; Dan. faste; a word introduced along with Christianity; the old Scandinavians could have no such word, as voluntary fasting was unknown in the heathen rites, and at the first introduction of Christianity the practice was sorely complained of, cp. Hkr. Hák. S. Góða, ch. 17]:—a fast, fasting, Hom. 73, K. Þ. K. 122, Rb. 82; the word therefore occurs first in poets of the beginning of the 11th century, e. g. FmS. vi. 86, cp. boð-f., lög-f., etc.
fasta
COMPDS: föstuafbrigð, föstubindandi, föstudagr, Föstudagsnótt, Föstukveld, föstumatr, Föstumorgin, Föstunátt, föstutíð, föstutími.
fasta
II. Lent, FmS. viii. 28, Ld. 320, n. G. l. i. 12; distinction is made between the Easter Lent, (sjö-vikna Fasta, seven weeks Lent, also called langa f., the long Fast, K. Þ. K. 122, BS. i. 801, and passim; níu-vikna f., the nine weeks Lent, K. Þ. K. 122, Grág. i. 325), and Jóla-f., (the Yule Lent, the time from Advent to Yule, Grág. l. c., Rb. 46, K. Þ. K. 124.) Föstu-gangr or Föstu-ígangr and -inngangr, m. beginning of these seasons, esp. Lent; fimm eru föstu-ígangar, Clem. 58, Sturl. iii. 81, Rb. 4 (v. l.), 48, 76. Föstu-prédikan, f. a Lenten sermon. Föstu-tjald, n. hangings used in churches during Lent, Vm. 52, 109.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚠᛅᛋᛏᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

ch.
chapter.
cp.
compare.
Dan.
Danish.
e. g.
exempli gratia.
etc.
et cetera.
f.
feminine.
Germ.
German.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
O. H. G.
Old High German.
S.
Saga.
Swed.
Swedish.
Ulf.
Ulfilas.
esp.
especially.
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
l. c.
loco citato.
v.
vide.
v. l.
varia lectio.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Hák. S.
Hákonar Saga. (E. I.)
Hkr.
Heimskringla. (E. I.)
Hom.
Homiliu-bók. (F. II.)
K. Þ. K.
Kristinn-réttr Þorláks ok Ketils = Kristinna-laga-þáttr. (B. I.)
Rb.
Rímbegla. (H. III.)
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Clem.
Clements Saga. (F. III.)
Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
Ld.
Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
Vm.
Vilkins-máldagi. (J. I.)
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