NORD2200 - Old Norse


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours F

Course content

The academic content of the course, i.e. topic and theory, oscillates between runology and Old Norse language. In fall 2023, the academic content of the course will be Old Norse language.


This course aims at making the students familiar with a source type barely mentioned in NORD1106, that is, runic inscriptions. The course will give students knowledge of runes as a system of writing, synchronic and diachronic, and both the linguistic and content-based aspects of the inscriptions. The course goes beyond the Old Norse era and aims at creating an overview of the entire period when runes were in use. The main focus is on runes in the general Old Norse area of the Viking age and the Middle Ages.

Old Norse:

This course gives students improved knowledge of Old Norse language structure compared to what is expected in NORD1102 and NORD1106. The students will become able to work independently with Old Norse texts and to analyze them from a linguistic point of view. They also get background knowledge of language history that puts Old Norse grammar in a linguistic context, and students will become aware of variation within Old Norse

Learning outcome



The student has

  • knowledge of runes as a system of writing, different variants of the runic alphabet (the fuþark) and the development over time of runic script
  • knowledge of runic inscriptions, their language, and contents
  • knowledge of runes in a historical and cultural context


The student can

  • transliterate, normalize, and identify texts typologically and chronologically
  • understand and translate simple runic inscriptions in Old Norse
  • set inscriptions in a historic and cultural context

Old Norse language:


The student has:

  • a deeper knowledge of Old Norse language structure (phonology, morphology, and syntax) compared to the basic level
  • knowledge of the language history Old Norse is part of
  • knowledge of different types of Old Norse texts, normalization, and editions
  • knowledge of standardizing and editions of Old Norse texts


The candidate can

  • read, understand, and translate Old Norse texts in standardized Old Norse, using a grammar and a dictionary
  • make a grammatical account of Old Norse texts
  • set Old Norse texts in a linguistic and culture-historical context

General competence (both variants): - use relevant terminology to present the academic content of the course orally and in writing

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/group work and writing assignment. Approved obligatory assignments are valid for 2 semesters (the semester in which the approval is given, plus the following semester). Obligatory assignments: Approved written and/or oral assignment(s) and/or test(s). Obligatory assignments will be defined by the instructor before the term.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved written and/or oral assignment(s) and/or test(s)

Further on evaluation

Specific conditions: An Old Norse dictionary and Old Norse list of declinations/inflections will be allowed at the exam.

Course materials

A reading list will be made available at the beginning of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
NORD2201 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
NORX2201 7.5 AUTUMN 2012
NORX2200 7.5 AUTUMN 2013
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Scandinavian Language and Literature
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 F 2023-12-20 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL322 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 F 2024-03-08 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 1
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