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Heithinn Dating - EVFS


What is EVFS? EFVS stands for "etter Vinlands fyrste sjå" which means "after the first sighting of Vinland", in Norwegian. Northfolk of old counted their years from important events. The sighting of Vinland (America), by Northmen in the year 1000 is one of those important events. The idea to use the sighting of Vinland, as the basis for counting the years, comes from Norwegian Geirr Tveitt, father of Haoko, father of Ingmar. We feel that this way of counting the years is a good one, because it reflects the accomplishments of Northmen and can be measured from a specific, recorded date. This accomplishment was, for many years, denied and it is time that the knowledge of this great feat, be spread far and wide, and it is our hope that we might help in spreading the word about it, by using this date format. Many thanks go to Ingmar and Haoko and of course, Geirr Tveitt.

Day names

Old Norse Day Name
English Translation
Modern Day Name
Sunna's Day
Mani's Day
Tyr's Day
Othinn's Day
Torr's Day
Freyja's/Frigg's Day
Washing Day


Month Names

Oct. 14th - Nov. 13th - Winter Finding (1st winter month)
Nov. 14th - Dec. 13th - Frost Moon
Dec. 14th - Jan. 13th - Jól
Jan. 14th - Feb. 13th - Thorri
Feb. 14th - March 13th - Barren Moon
March 14th - April 13th - Single Moon
April 14th - May 13th - Summer Finding (1st summer month)
May 14th - June 13th - Eggtide
June 14th - July 13th - Midsummer
July 14th - August 13th - Haymaking
August 14th - Sept. 13th - Double Moon
Sept. 14th - Oct. 13th - Harvest Moon

These month names are based on the actual Old Norse names for the month or for the blót feast that was held during that month. The Old Norse months began on what was the middle of modern months. Following are my reasons for using the names I present here for the month names.

Winter Finding: The Old Norse word for this month is gormánuðr. (mánuðr = month) This month was considered the first winter month and it is on Oct. 14th that the blót-feast, Winter Finding, is held. For this reason I choose Winter Finding as the name for this month.
Frost Moon: The word month is derived from the word for moon. Given the importance Northern Europeans placed on using the moon as a guide for time, I thought it appropriate to use the word moon in the month names instead of the word 'month.' The Old Norse name for this month was frermánuðr. Frer means frost so the direct translation of this month name would be Frost Month or Frost Moon.
Jól: The choosing of the name for this month is easily explained as the great Feast of Jól (Yule) falls in it. The Old Norse name for this month was hrútmánuðr or 'Ram-month.'
Thorri: The Old Norse name for this month as Þorri (Thorri) named after the descendent of a giant.
Barren Moon: The Old Norse name for this month was gói which meant roughly 'barren.' Other sources call this month 'hunger month.'
Single Moon: The Old Norse for this month's name was einmánuðr or 'single-month.'
Summer Finding: Like Winter Finding the beginning of this month, the blót feast of Summer Finding or Sigrblót was celebrated. It was the first month of Summer.
Egg-tide: The name for this month is a direct translation of the Old Norse name for it, 'eggtíð' (eggtide).
Midsummer: During this month the great feast of Midsummer or Sun's Wending is celebrated. The Old Norse name was sólmánuðr 'sun-month.'
Haymaking: The Old Norse name for this month was heyannir which is translated as 'hay-making season' or 'haying season'.
Double Moon: The Old Norse for this month was tvímánuðr or Double-month.
Harvest Moon: The Old Norse name for this month was haustmánuðr which is translated as Harvest-month.

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