- a good introduction to the Germanic languages containing information
about the history, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexiography and dialects
of Gothic, Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Yiddish,
Pennsylvania German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Frisian, English and Germanic Creoles
- this is a reader for those who have already learned the basics
of Old Norse. Includes a brief introduction to Scandinavian history,
the Viking expansion, and saga literature, an outline of Old Norse
grammar, and about 160 pages of West Norse (Old Icelandic) texts. Most of
the selections are from the sagas, and they are well annotated, and a
full vocabulary is included in the back of the book. There is also a
section on "East Norse" (the Old Norse particular to Denmark, Norway
and Sweden), and a small section dealing with the language of the runic
Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Short Introduction
by Heather O'Donoghue
- a fascinating introduction into the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic
literature. In addition to mythology and family sagas, it also covers
lesser-known areas such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse.
This book describes the language and culture of the first settlers in
Iceland which helps appreciate the background against which this literature
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