It may be unwise to begin a ‘course’ on a language that I am still in the process of learning. Yet, there is never truly a time in which we stop learning, no matter what the subject may be. Since such a process never truly ends, why not share my knowledge and experiences? Why not join me on my journey into the Old Norse language?
Now, I must say this before continuing: I am not an ideal source to learn from. I do my best, but I am not exactly qualified to teach any of this material.
Nonetheless, I offer these lessons to share my knowledge and experiences, but also to provide opportunities for free educational material that is more credible than most information on the internet. After all, although I myself am not the ideal source, I use quite a few reliable sources to produce these lessons. Here are a few sources regarding Old Norse that will form the foundation for the information presented in these lessons:
- Jesse L. Byock, Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas.
- Jesse L. Byock, Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader.
- Geir T. Zoëga, A concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic.
- Viking Society of Northern Research’s Old Norse Materials (FREE Online):
If you are serious about learning Old Norse, I strongly recommend getting some of the materials listed above instead of relying on my lessons. My lessons are designed for those without suitable access to certain materials, or even for those casual learners who do not need intensive academic exposure to the language. Regardless, though, my lessons may be helpful working alongside the books mentioned above. My approach and format for these lessons may make work better for certain learners.