Ek Rist Runar. Learning the Runic Alphabet is hard.

Old Norse is hard to learn. It’s hard learning the Runic Alphabet and I’m not counting their actual meaning or even their proper pronunciation. Trying to learn the Runic Alphabet by simply trying to convert a given runic character into a known Latin character that we already understand is hard enough. Especially, because the two alphabets don’t match up. Trying to learn or find the proper words to write in Runes gets even harder. Especially when you have such a wonderfully broad selection to choose from, such as: Elder Futhark,…

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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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How the Norse named their Children, the Rite of Ausa Vatni and Nafnfesti

When a child was born, there was a great deal of ceremony conducted by the Norse in claiming and naming their children. Prior to the Christianization of the Norse, the traditional religion of the Norse people was firmly in place. The Norse religion wasn’t just a form of worship, it was a part of their culture and way of life. A belief system that was so deeply rooted that it made the concept of the original sin and other Christian beliefs just too hard for the Norse people to understand…

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