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Old Norse


Admission requirements

No requirements, although some knowledge of historical grammar of Germanic is recommended.


Introduction to Old Norse grammar and syntax with the help of Old Norse Texts from E. V. Gordon, Introduction to Old Norse, Oxford.

Course objectives

At the end of the course the students should be able to read and understand Old Norse prose texts (saga’s).


The timetable is available on the website of the MA Linguistics

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 14 x 2 = 28

  • Preparation lectures: 14 x 3 = 42

  • Reading (guideline: 7 pages per hour depending on the material to be studied): 40

  • Preparation exam: 28

  • Exam(s): 2

Assessment method

Written examination (translation, open questions)

Students who fail the course may resit the exam.


Not applicable

Reading list

E. V. Gordon, Introduction to Old Norse, Oxford 1968 of later

Clunies Ross, Margaret, The Cambridge Introduction to the Old Norse Sagas, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2014.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Contact information

Prof.dr. A. Quak: A. Quak

Coordinator of Studies: P.C. Lai

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof


All other information.