Norse Law – the Vikings had a ‘Thing’ for it

Law and order is a necessity among all civilized people in order to peacefully live amongst each other. The Norse, like all other people, made their own laws to uphold peace and justice between them. At a gathering, they made their laws and passed their judgments on the law breakers at an assembly called the Thing. The Thing (þing) was a public assembly of which all freemen would have a say in the governance of the land and people. The old Norse clans formed the Thing as a balancing structure…

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Old Norse and its influence on Modern Languages

The language used by the Norse people was ‘Old Norse.‘ It was the primary language used in settlements up onto the 14th century when the language eventually developed into the modern North Germanic languages. The transition period of this language transformation is approximate, because Old Norse was still found in written form well into the 15th Century. This was eventually phased out by the church, whom preferred Latin text when writing. Primitive Norse, or Ancient Norse (also called Proto-Norse) was the language of the Scandinavian people prior to the first…

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