Resources for Old Norse Literature


Resources for Old Norse Literature


Old Norse Literature


Educational resources relating to the teaching and study of Old Norse literature (both poetry and prose).


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Publications of the Viking Society
Digital PDF versions of printed works published by The Viking Society. Includes Old Norse editions, translations and secondary literature.

Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources Database
Pre-Christian Religions of the North is an international project to document the mythology and religious practices of early Scandinavia and Germanic Europe. The Sources Database brings together resources related to the project.

Saga Thing: Nicknames
Saga Thing has collected a selection of nicknames from the sagas that they have discussed. Old Norse nicknames could often be less than complimentary, frequently scurrilous, and were always given, never self-imposed. The giving of a nickname could be…

Icelandic Sagas Online
The Icelandic sagas with modern Icelandic spelling

International Saga Conference Archive
Archive of papers given at International Saga Conferences since 1971

Sofie Vanherpen's Blog
Items from Sofie Vanherpen's Blog centred around her PhD-project on Auðr/Unnr djúp(a)úðga Ketilsdóttir (9th Century).

Blog: Norse and Viking Blogspot
A blog discussing Viking-related themes from Viqueen

Völuspá: Introduction and Readings (Old Norse & English)
Völuspá is one of the most important poems in the Poetic Edda, and the most well-known account of the beginning and end of the world (Ragnarok) in Norse myth.

Dr. Jackson Crawford's translation of the Poetic Edda presents this critical source of…

Völuspá by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson
This is the opening poem of the Poetic Edda, chanted in a style influenced by rímur tradition by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, allsherjargoði (very roughly translated as "high priest") of Iceland's Ásatrúarfélagið (Æsir Faith Fellowship) from…

Voluspa 1-4 Poetic Edda Recital in Old Norse with Throat Singing
Recital in Old Norse from the original Edda text, Voluspa (The Sibyls Prophecy or Divination of the Witch), a Heathen, Viking Age, Old Norse Poem on Creation, recorded in writing during the 12th Century A.D. (See below for English…

Modern Poets on Viking Poetry
Modern Poets on Viking Poetry is a cultural engagement scheme based at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge. It is funded by the AHRC. The project aims to create cross-cultural engagement between modern and Viking…

Words on Words: The Viking Berserker
A blog post about the meaning of Old Norse 'berserkr'.

Triquetra - Illuminating York 2013 - Clifford’s Tower (Hyperlink)
The history of three Viking kings (Harald Bluetooth, Sweyn Forkbeard, Cnut the Great) told using sound and video projection mapping as a Son et Lumiere for Illuminating York 2013.

For detailed notes on the history used in this work follow these…

Wiki: Heimskringla
Heimskringla is an online collection of Old Norse source material.

Concordance to the Proverbs and Proverbial Materials in the Old Icelandic Sagas
A compilation of proverbs and proverbial matter in Old Norse literature.

Blog post:  The Battle of Stamford Bridge
A Clerk of Oxford writes about the battle of Stamford Bridge and its description in Hemings þáttr.

Blog post: Tweeting 30 Icelandic romances in 30 days #riddarasaga
Sheryl McDonald Werronen tweeted 30 riddarasögur (courtly romances) over the course of 30 days. This blog post links to storifies of the tweets so you can catch up on them all easily.

Icelandic Saga Map Project
The Icelandic Saga Map project has created an interactive map of the Icelandic sagas, linking places on the map to events in the sagas.

Ólafs saga helga
The text of St Olaf's saga in modern Icelandic

Bjarkamál in fornu
The poem Bjarkamál in fornu in Old Norse, Danish and Swedish.

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