May 26 • 1HR 15M

Want to talk like a Viking?

Jesse Byock knows Old Norse and so can you

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Terri and C.J. are first and foremost educators passionate about the Viking Age and Viking history. Theirs was a meeting foretold in the myths of old. Both are historians of Viking history, both live in Oregon in the U.S., and both share the same birthday. It seemed only natural they team up for something epic. The Norns have woven this fate.
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Ever wondered what a Viking sounded like? Is it a dead language, or could someone have a proper chat with a Viking if one was suddenly transported to the 21st century? In this episode we found out firsthand from Dr. Jesse Byock who is an expert in Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. Take a listen and find out.

In addition to teaching Old Norse, Jesse has also spent his career unearthing – literally! – the truth behind the Viking Age sagas.  He is the principal archaeologist for the Mosfell Archaeological Project, a dig site that you may recall from our other episode with his Field Director, Davide Zori.  Between the two of them and their team they may very well have discovered the last farmstead and resting place of famed Viking warrior Egil Skallagrimsson.

If you’d like to learn how to talk like a Viking, Jesse offers all his books and learning materials online which you can check out on his website. He has also written several translations of the sagas. You can find them on his website as well.

Takk fyrir Jess!

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