What do I get my friend who loves Norse stuff for his birthday?
I unintentionally lied and said I would post an old Norse word of the day but then I registered for the gre so I’ve been hella busy getting ready :/ I will start it on aug 24th! After my exam!
My final university project ‘By Odin’s Beard!’.
I made a folding book featuring a collection of weird and funny Norse tales!
All Old Norse, All the time. Be ready.
HELL FUCKING YES. WE HADN’T TILL YOU REMINDED US, BUT THAT’S FUCKING GREAT.
Here are three elements we often see in town names:
If a town ends in “-by”, it was originally a farmstead or a small village where some of the Viking invaders settled. The first part of the name sometimes referred to the person who owned the farm - Grimsby was “Grim’s village”. Derby was “a village where deer were found”. The word “by” still means “town” in Danish.
If a town ends in “-ing”, it tells us about the people who lived there. Reading means “The people of Reada”, in other words “Reada’s family or tribe”. We don’t know who Reada was, but his name means “red one”, so he probably had red hair.
If a town ends in “-caster” or “-chester”, it was originally a Roman fort or town. The word comes from a Latin words “castra”, meaning a camp or fortification. The first part of the name is usually the name of the locality where the fort was built. So Lancaster, for example, is “the Roman fort on the River Lune”.
A Little Book of Language by David Crystal, page 173. (via linguaphilioist)
The status of Viking women may be underestimated due to the way we interpret burial findings.
(Source: stephanietwilleylarper, via thevikinglongship)