Definition of FARDEL
I know my own languor as no one else does; it is a dead down-draught; a heavy fardel.
Claire Harman, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (2005)
archaic a bundle or burden
Imagine such a one,—for such, I say, were the outlines of Dr. Slop's figure, coming slowly along, foot by foot, waddling thro' the dirt upon the vertebrae of a little diminutive pony, of a pretty colour—but of strength,—alack! —scarce able to have made an amble of it, under such a fardel, had the roads been in an ambling condition.—
Evtl. auch Bündel
wie in "sein Bündel tragen".