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Subject:New Faroese Textbook
Time:06:39 am

Hey, dunno if anyone on this comm is still alive but I've just begun writing a textbook that teaches Faroese, with mentions of stuff in relation to Icelandic, Old Norse, Swedish and English where appropriate. I should finish it relatively soon.

It's intended for people who haven't ever learnt a Germanic language before (besides having English as a mother tongue) so those who are learning Icelandic or Old Norse should get a lot of use out of it since the grammar's almost exactly the same.

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Subject:so...
Time:03:15 pm
before i show the true geeky me in this community... how do you write the "thorn"- and "eid"-letters here? should i write them in word and do a copy+paste here? or can i somehow write the letters here at LJ without having to do a copy+paste at all?
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Subject:people?
Time:03:43 pm
hi everybody :)
i forgot i was in this community at all cos nobody posts here. LOL

but i still thought i'd ask: does any of you study Old Norse or something where you use Old Norse texts? cos i'd really like to find somebody not Danish (cos I'm Danish so a foreign person studying texts in Old Norse would be very interesting to talk with) who are studying Old Norse as a language and/or the Old Norse religion.

I am participating in a class where we talk about the Old Norse texts and what they mean. we talk about the ppl that wrote the texts down and we talk about the research that other ppl have done on this area. i find it VERY interesting and i love to read the old norse texts out loud to my budgie who seems to love listening to that :D

to pass this class i'm going to write a paper about something that is related to the texts we got. i am thinking about writing about one of these two:
1) comparing elements from creation with ragnarok
2) the closed circle as a protecter/maintainer of the cosmos (here i'm, among other things, thinking about the fact that Jörmungandr lies around the earth and biting it's own tail and if it doesn't do this then the cosmos will be "broken")

so... if anybody is interested in these things and would like to talk about them we could perhaps talk about it on MSN or just get this community rocking with lots of cool entries. I'd really like to talk with ppl about all this :D
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Subject:Looking for help about Mjöðr
Time:09:02 pm
Hi,

A friend of mine is brewing Mead, and of course Old Norse and generally ancient Germanic culture and symbolism comes to his mind when he wants to design a logo and etc.

I did tell him that the Old Norse word for mead is mjöðr, but I am not sure about how was it supposed to be written in runes. I know that the Anglo Saxon version (medu) would be ᛗᛖᛞᚢ, and my guess for ON is ᛗᛃᛟᚦᛉ (mjoþR).

Is this the correct way to spell it with runes?
Is using just the Mannaz rune enough to symbolize Mead (I know the meaning of the rune name itself has nothing to do with any kind of alcohol), or perhaps there is another old symbol that was used?

Thanks for the help,
Boris aka Nomæd.
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Subject:New, As In I Am.
Time:02:06 pm
Current Mood:excitedexcited
So, I just joined this community.
I'm doing an independent study of Old Norse with an English professor next year. I'm beyond excited. I am of Norse heritage, and, besides studying a new language, I'll be getting back to my roots as well.

I am already studying Latin and Ancient Greek, so I'm just wondering if the grammar is at all similar besides the fact that they share many of the same cases. Any other information you want to throw at me would be appreciated as well.

For those who want to know, I'm using An Introduction to Old Norse by Gordon.

Yeah, that's all.
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Subject:"Runify" a slogan?
Time:05:27 pm
I have this idea of writing my 'motto' in runes on a custom-made ring. To do that, it seems necessary to translate in to Old Norse (or runic Swedish) first... Can anyone help me out or at least point me to a right direction?

The motto is quite simple: "I refuse to fail". If you need a context, it's a simplified version of "Victory comes not from being the fastest or the strongest, but from refusal to fail".

Linguaphile guys translated it to Icelandic - "Ég neita að tapa", but advised to ask you for a more authentic wording.

Thanks in advance for any help on this.
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Time:09:51 pm
Hey folks, does anyone know where I could find some mp3's of the Elder Edda in Old Norse?  Thanks!
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Subject:Etymology question
Time:10:47 pm
I'm interested in the etymology of valkyrja. According to the Cleasby online dictionary (specifically on png. 675), it is made up of two elements val-kyrja. This is supported in Gordon. The val-, I'm assuming, is related to valr "the slain" (please correct me if I'm wrong), but what of -kyrja? I have thus far not found it in Cleasby or Gordon. Can anyone help me?
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Subject:Sin in Old English literature?
Time:11:21 pm
Hello!
I'm just getting into Old English and finding it really fascinating (as well as frequently perplexing and frustrating!)
Anyway, I havent come across any many actual O.E texts yet, and I was really hoping someone could suggest me one that involves, in some way, the topic of sin. For example, the incest in Apollonius Of Tyre. I'm hoping to eventually write about the attitude to sin in Old English lit, but I have no idea where to start.
Any tips would be hugely appreciated. Thanks alot for reading!
(x-posted, sorry!)
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