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Old Norse Language Resources

Old Norse For Beginners Web Site

A web site with lessons (11 lessons planned – six complete) as well as other resources for learning Old Norse. Your best bet for beginning to learn Old Norse is at this site and on its companion e-Mail list. Highly recommended.

Norse Course

The companion mailing list to the Old Norse For Beginners Web site, moderated by the authors of the site, at Yahoo groups.

Ragnarsdrápa Translation and Read Aloud

This has a side by side, Old Norse/English translation of Ragnarsdrápa. You can also listen to Professor John Lindow read it aloud using Realplayer.

A portion of text from the Prose Edda read Aloud

This page is not in English but you can click on the links to hear a Realplayer reading of the text in a reconstructed pronunciation.

The Old Norse Language

A site with much useful information. Still under construction so check back often. Frames required to access this site.

Beginners Course In Reading Rune Inscriptions

A beginners course in Old Norse that concentrates on reading rune inscriptions. Frames required to access this site.

Old Icelandic Course Material

Hyperlinked texts, a grammar, glossary and other resources.

Easy Readings In Old Icelandic at Northvegr™

Various beginning texts with glossary.

Zoëga's A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic at Northvegr™

The complete dictionary in HTML and GIF graphic files. RTF files and second proofreading in progress.


Obtainable at UK
A New Introduction to Old Norse
This is a three volume series published by the Viking Society for Northern Research. I have these books and they are excellent and I highly recommend them. Don't expect to get them any time soon though. You may have to wait months to get your order filled so order now and get ready to wait. It took over 3 months to get one of the books in this series. However, they are worth the wait.

Book 1: Grammar

Book 2: Reader

Book 3: Glossary and Index Of Names

An Introduction to Old Norse by E. V. Gordon

The old standard. Very hard to get through without prior experience or access to someone who knows the language better. It is still worth getting, but I suggest going through the courses at the Old Norse For beginners web site and getting A New Introduction To Old Norse first. It is out of print but you should be able to find easily find copies at UK's “z-shops” or at It is also available at the Oxford University Press site.

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