Further Reading

John and Andy often use and highly recommend the following books:

Viking Age Iceland

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland

The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse-Icelandic Saga (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas (1180-1280)

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide (MART: The Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching)

If you are interested in the language of the Vikings and the Icelandic sagas, there are many great resources out there for you.

John and Andy recommend that you start with the excellent Viking Language series by Jesse Byock, Professor of Old Norse, Medieval Scandinavian Studies and Viking Archaeology, University of California Los Angeles.  This series provides the most accessible, up-to-date, and engaging introduction to Old Norse-Icelandic language that you will find.  In addition to the great linguistic information, the series also includes a good introduction to runes, saga literature, eddic and skaldic poetry, and the culture of the Viking World as well.  In short, it’s got everything you could want.

Viking Language

Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas (Viking Language Series)

Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader (Viking Language Series) (Volume 2)

Learn more about the series at www.vikingnorse.com

Any student of the language will eventually need a dictionary.  The two most commonly used are:
A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Dover Language Guides)

An Icelandic – English Dictionary

Zoega                    Cleasby Vigfusson

Both are available online in one form or another.  Here’s a link to the Cleasby and Vigfusson Icelandic-English Dictionary

John and Andy were trained using

E.V. Gordon’s An Introduction to Old Norse

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