Viking Language: Old Norse reader

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Jules William Press, 2015 - History - 384 pages
Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader (the 2nd book in the Viking Language Series) immerses the learner in Old Norse and Icelandic. Readings include a wealth of Old Norse myths, legends, complete Icelandic sagas, poems of the Scandinavian gods, runic inscriptions. There is a large vocabulary and a full reference grammar. Selections from Old Norse and rune texts range from the doom of the gods at the final battle Ragnarok to descriptions of the dwarves' gold and the ring that inspired Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Wagner's Ring Cycle, and a host of modern fantasy.

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About the author (2015)

Jesse Byock is Distinguished Professor of Old Norse Studies in the UCLA Scandinavian Section and at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and teaches Old Norse, Icelandic sagas, and Viking Archaeology. Prof. Byock directs the Mosfell Archaeological Project (MAP) in Iceland, excavating a Viking Age longhouse, harbor, and valley. He is professor at the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) affiliated with the Department of History and the Program in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies. He is the author of Viking Age Iceland (Penguin Books), Feud in the Icelandic Saga (University of California Press), The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology (Penguin Books), Grettir's Saga (Oxford University Press), The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (Penguin Books), and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki (Penguin Books).

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