Old Norse, Runes & Icelandic Sagas


The Viking Language Series
teaches Old Norse - spoken by Vikings and Icelanders - runes, sagas, eddic and skaldic poetry, and the culture of the Viking World.

The course is designed by Jesse Byock, Professor of Old Norse, Medieval Scandinavian Studies and Viking Archaeology, University of California Los Angeles.

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Viking Language 1 is an introduction to Old Norse, runes, Icelandic sagas, and the culture of the Vikings. The 15 graded lessons include vocabulary and grammar exercises, 35 readings, pronunciation, 15 maps, 45 illustrations, and 180 exercises. 

Journey through Viking Age Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Britain, Russia, and Byzantium with original Old Norse readings of Vikings, Norse mythology, heroes, sacred kingship, blood feuds, and daily life.

This is a 384 page textbook for $37.95.
The Viking Language Series speeds learning by focusing on the most frequently used words in the sagas. It takes you to the heart of Icelandic literature, Viking runestones, legends, and Old Norse mythology that has preserved the early medieval history of Scandinavia.
Pronounce Old Norse, Runes and Icelandic Sagas

Viking Language 1 Audio Lessons: Pronounce Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas  are sound files of all the Old Norse reading passages and runic inscriptions in Viking Language 1.

This is two albums for
$11.99 each. Lessons 1-8 (24 tracks) and Lessons 9-15 (28 tracks)

The audio passages coordinate with the grammar and vocabulary of the lessons in Viking Language 1. They tell of Vikings, Iceland, and old Scandinavia and are an indispensable resource for learnin
g vocabulary, comprehension, and the flow of language. Sentences in the audio are divided into phrases. The method speeds learning and allows self-correction.

The listener can stop the tracks at any point to repeat w
ords and phrases. The audio follows modern Icelandic usage and is read by Icelander Ása Bjarnadóttir with introductions and instructions by Jesse Byock. Click and  Listen to free samples


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Viking Language 2 The Old Norse Reader immerses the learner in Icelandic and Viking Age sources. It provides the tools necessary to read complete sagas and Norse mythic and heroic poetry. The reader is a collection of original texts to accompany Viking Language 1, including Norse family, kings and legendary sagas, runic verse as well as eddic and skaldic poetry.

The selections range from the doom of the gods at the final battle Ragnarok to descriptions of the ring and the dwarves’ gold that inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The Old Norse Reader is a stand-alone book for classes and the self-learner, accompanied by introductions, notes, maps, and cultural discussions and includes a comprehensive Old Norse reference grammar with an extended vocabulary, and an answer key to the exercises in Viking Language 1.

Ca. 250 pages and will be available soon. Please let me know when the reader is available.