The Forgotten Language of the West: Rediscovering Old Norse, Spoken by Icelanders and Vikings

“When a language dies,” said writer, philosopher, and critic George Steiner, “A way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world.” Undoubtedly he is correct. Numerous studies have demonstrated the relationship between language and perception of time, language and memory, and even claimed that the language we speak shapes consciousness itself. AtContinue reading “The Forgotten Language of the West: Rediscovering Old Norse, Spoken by Icelanders and Vikings”

1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

By Tom Metcalfe The god house (shown here in a digital reconstruction) was strongly built of beams and walls of wood; some lasted for hundreds of years. It included a central tower, patterned on Christian churches seen in lands further south.(Image: © University Museum of Bergen) The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the OldContinue reading “1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway”

For the want of Emma: What if the Vikings had won the Battle of Stamford Bridge?

By Ian Stuart Sharpe For want of a nail, the shoe was lost;For want of the shoe, the horse was lost;For want of the horse, the rider was lost;For want of the rider, the battle was lost;For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost;And all from the want of a horseshoe nail. If you couldContinue reading “For the want of Emma: What if the Vikings had won the Battle of Stamford Bridge?”

Old Norse for Beginners: The Complete Guide

Welcome to our site, OldNorse.org! We seek to educate on Old Norse teaching Old Scandinavian language, culture, and sagas. Learn Old Norse–the language the runes and myths of the Vikings–through user-friendly textbooks, online content, and blog. Here you will find books, free content, audio resources, and a community of Old Norse students to aid teachers, students, and beginners.