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    Learn Old Norse

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    0. Introduction to Old Norse
    1. Ari Žorgilsson: On the Settling of Iceland
    2. from the Prologue of Snorra Edda
    3. from the Grettis saga
    4. from the Njįls saga
    5. from the Egils saga
    6. from the Tale of Bǫšvarr Bjarki
    7. from the Battle of Stamford Bridge
    8. The Waking of Angantżr
    9. from the Vǫluspį
    10. from the Hįvamįl

    Grammar Points

    1. The Alphabet
    2. Sound System
    2.1. Consonants
    2.2. Vowels
    2.3. Syllables and Stress
    2.4. Umlaut
    2.5. Consonant Changes
    3. Strong Declension
    3.1. a / ja / wa-Stems
    3.2. ō / jō / wō-Stems
    4. Strong Conjugation
    4.1. Strong Verb Classes
    4.2. Active Paradigm
    4.3. Middle Paradigm
    5. Word Order and Concord
    6. Further Sound Rules
    6.1. Syncope and Contraction
    6.2. Breaking
    6.3. Raising
    6.4. Lengthening and Shortening
    6.5. Retention of Semi-Vowels
    7. Strong Declension
    7.1. i-Stems
    7.2. u-Stems
    8. Personal Pronouns
    8.1. First and Second Person Pronouns
    8.2. Third Person Pronouns
    9. Weak Conjugation
    9.1. Weak Verb Classes
    9.2. Active Paradigm
    9.3. Middle Paradigm
    10. Particles
    11. Strong Declension
    11.1. r-Stems
    11.2. nd-Stems
    11.3. Other Consonant Stems
    12. Demonstratives
    12.1. Pronouns & Adjectives
    12.2. Definite Article
    13. Adjectives
    13.1. Strong Declension
    13.2. Declension of annarr
    13.3. Possessive Adjectives
    14. Past Participle
    14.1. Formation
    14.2. Supine
    15. Prepositions
    16. Weak Nominal Declension
    16.1. an/jan-Stems
    16.2. ōn/jōn-Stems
    16.3. in-Stems
    17. Adjectives
    17.1. Weak Declension
    17.2. Comparison of Adjectives
    18. Relatives, Interrogatives, and Indefinites
    18.1. Relatives
    18.2. Interrogatives
    18.3. Indefinites
    19. Present Participle
    20. Adjective Use
    21. Distributive and Negative Pronouns and Adjectives
    21.1. Distributives
    21.2. Negatives
    22. Numerals
    22.1. Cardinals and Ordinals
    22.2. Numeral Declension
    23. The First Strong Conjugation
    24. The Second Strong Conjugation
    25. Adverbs
    25.1. General
    25.2. Negation and Affirmation
    25.3. Local
    25.4. Comparison
    26. The Third Strong Conjugation
    27. The Fourth Strong Conjugation
    28. Subject Agreement and Verbal Complements
    29. The Accusative Case
    30. Pronouns, Adverbs, and Conjunctions Introducing Subordinate Clauses
    31. The Fifth Strong Conjugation
    32. The Sixth Strong Conjugation
    33. The Genitive Case
    34. The Dative Case
    35. Subordinate Clauses with er and at
    36. The Seventh Strong Conjugation
    37. Weak Verbs and the First Weak Conjugation
    37.1. Basic Formation of Weak Verbs
    37.2. The First Weak Conjugation
    38. The Subjunctive
    38.1. Present Subjunctive
    38.2. Past Subjunctive
    39. Reflexive and Middle Verbs
    39.1. Reflexive Formation
    39.2. Use of Reflexives
    40. Tense and Aspect
    40.1. Relative Time Marking
    40.2. The Perfect
    40.3. The Future
    40.4. Historical Present
    41. Second Weak Conjugation
    42. Third Weak Conjugation
    43. Preterite-Present Verbs
    43.1. The First Gradation
    43.2. The Third Gradation
    43.3. The Fourth Gradation
    43.4. The Fifth Gradation
    44. Anomalous Verbs: valda, vilja, vera
    45. Word Derivation
    45.1. Derived Verbs
    45.2. Derived Nouns and Adjectives
    45.3. Compounds
    46. Runes
    46.1. Phonology
    46.2. Orthography
    46.3. Orthographic Features
    47. Runic Declension
    47.1. Declension of Vocalic Stems
    47.2. Declension of Consonant Stems
    47.3. Pronominal Declension
    48. Runic Verbal Conjugation
    49. Runic Syntax
    49.1. Adjectives and Modifiers
    49.2. Verb Placement and Word Order
    50. Inscriptions
    "...The moral man is a lower species than the immoral, a weaker species; indeed - he is a type in regard to morality, but not a type in himself; a copy...the measure of his value lies outside him. ... I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage; I do not account the evil and painful character of existence a reproach to it, but hope rather that it will one day be more evil and painful than hitherto..." (Nietzsche)

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    Old Norse

    However the list of grammatical topics looks daunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egil Skallagrimsson
    However the list of grammatical topics looks daunting.
    Flunecy would require a daunting commitment, yes.

    However, I think that learning 'dead' dialects is one of the easier ways to rouse what lay dormant in the blood!

    It is a worthwhile endeavor.
    "...The moral man is a lower species than the immoral, a weaker species; indeed - he is a type in regard to morality, but not a type in himself; a copy...the measure of his value lies outside him. ... I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage; I do not account the evil and painful character of existence a reproach to it, but hope rather that it will one day be more evil and painful than hitherto..." (Nietzsche)

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    perhaps this ought to be stickied?
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    Here's another link that is specifically designed for beginners. I've had some success w/ it in the past.

    http://www.hi.is/~haukurth/norse/

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