the dictionary of norse mythology


NORSE The name of a specific language group and the people who spoke the languages in that group. Old Norse is a dead language no group of peo-ple speaks it today as their first language. It is part of the North Germanic group of languages in the Indo-European language family this group is also known as the Norse, or Scandinavian, languages. Old Norse is related to modern Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Ice-landic, and Faeroese, the language of the Faeroe Islands. Most of the surviving manuscripts of the mythology of scandinavia, such as the codex regius, were written in Old Norse.Norse also refers to ancient peoples who lived in the region of northwest Europe known as Scandi-navia, particularly those who spoke Old Norse or one of its dialects. One group of Norse people were known as Norsemen or vikings.

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