About the Viking Language Old Norse Series

The Viking Language Series teaches Old Norse, the language of the Vikings, Scandinavians, and Icelanders. The books and pronunciation albums of the series are written by Jesse Byock, Distinguished Research Professor of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavian Studies at the University of California (UCLA), and Professor at the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. The Old Norse series focuses on the language and history of the Viking Age, taking the learner on a journey deep into Icelandic sagas, heroic legends, Viking runes, Old Norse mythology and history.


About the author

Prof. Byock received his Ph.D. from Harvard University before joining  UCLA’s Scandinavian Section and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. In Iceland, Prof. Byock is the lead archaeologist and director of the Mosfell Archaeological Project (MAP), where he and the MAP team are excavating a Viking Age valley, including a chieftain’s hall, burial sites, and a Viking-period harbor. He is also affiliated Professor at the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) in the Department of History and the Programs in Medieval Icelandic and Viking Studies.

Jesse Byock is the author and translator of Viking Age Iceland (Penguin), Grettir’s Saga (Oxford), The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin), The Prose Edda (Penguin), Feud in the Icelandic Saga (University of California Press), The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin), Islande des Vikings (Aubier Flammarion) and The Viking Language Series (Jules Williams Press). The series includes Altnordisch 1: Die Sprache de Wikinger, Runen, und isländischen Sagas (found on Amazon.de).

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At Hrísbrú in Mosfellsdalur, the site of the chieftain’s longhouse. (Mosfell Archaeological Project)