Old Norse 1.1

Please gather around and join me by the hearth if you wish to learn more about the Old Tongue! The theme of our current festivities shall be "Njáll hét maðr...", which will be concerned with how great heroes are introduced in the sagas! During our next few gatherings, we will learn more about this theme, … Continue reading Old Norse 1.1

Spears, Groves, and Hanged Men: A Discussion of Historical Sacrifices to Odin.

Originally posted on Tumblr on: June 29th, 2017 Anonymous asked: "Greetings brother, what do you know about sacrifices for odin? Are there sources directing to That?" There are indeed many sources that speak of sacrifices to Odin. In fact, I would argue that his sacrifices are the most famous, at least among the Norse gods. … Continue reading Spears, Groves, and Hanged Men: A Discussion of Historical Sacrifices to Odin.

Old Norse Preface

Preface Introducing the Language "The term ‘Old Norse’ has been used in various ways. For some it is a broad concept covering the language of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, as well as Iceland and the other Scandinavian colonies, throughout the Viking Age (c. 750–1050) and the early and high Middle Ages (c. 1050–1350). At the … Continue reading Old Norse Preface

On Landvættir: An Exploration of Primary Source Examples and Suggestions for Further Reading.

Originally posted on Tumblr on: February 27th, 2017. Anonymous asked: "I hear the term "weights" often in heathen circles. I know little more than that they are land-spirits. I would like to learn more about them and how they were honored and their place in old nordic practices. I thought you might be willing to … Continue reading On Landvættir: An Exploration of Primary Source Examples and Suggestions for Further Reading.

Snorri Sturluson: Keeping the Old Alive with the New.

Originally posted on Tumblr on: September 8th, 2017. ruimtetijd asked: "Hello, vinur minn! (I'm learning haha!) I have a question I've been thinking about since I've started reading the Poetic Edda, and delving into the stories. To what extent do you think Snorri's Christian background influenced his writings? Obviously, there are many parallels, and many of … Continue reading Snorri Sturluson: Keeping the Old Alive with the New.

The Old Gods and the New: Sitting on the Spiritual Fence.

Originally posted on Tumblr on: August 11th, 2017. Anonymous asked: "Hi Fjorn! I saw your response the other day to the anon over at asatrucommunity who asked about the intersection between Christian and Norse gods, and how some of this intermingled. It sounds fascinating because I always assumed the two were diametrically opposed. Could you … Continue reading The Old Gods and the New: Sitting on the Spiritual Fence.

The Sagas and Tales of Icelanders

[Click Here to Skip the Preface and Go Directly to the Saga List] Preface Illustrating a complex society filled with feuds, heroism, and aspects of everyday life, these sagas and tales bring Iceland's Viking Age past back to life. Although written primarily during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, these Icelandic works of literature reflect the … Continue reading The Sagas and Tales of Icelanders

Fjörn’s Old Norse Dictionary

In an effort to help make Old Norse a more easily accessible language, I gather both interesting and useful words here in order to form a simple but useful 'dictionary' (one that is beneficial not only for scholars, but for anyone). Hopefully this page will help those who are unable to access or obtain more … Continue reading Fjörn’s Old Norse Dictionary