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HDAK00236U DAN; East Norse. Texts and
East Norse. Texts and
Studienævnet for Nordiske Studier og
Institut for Nordiske Studier og
Anne Mette Hansen (3-636f6a426a776f306d7730666d)
Michael Lerche Nielsen
Anne Mette Hansen
Gemt den 20-09-2016
The course is an introduction to East Norse texts and
manuscripts. The course offers a chance to study East Norse texts
in the original language, reading a range of runic inscriptions and
Old Danish and Old Swedish texts representing genuine Scandinavian
genres as well as rewritings and adaptations of European works,
such as runic inscriptions on stones and loose objects, medieval
provincial laws, medical books, instructional texts, romances, and
The course presents an overview of the history of the East Norse
languages from the Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages dealing with
the following topics: the linguistic developments from Proto Norse
to East Scandinavia, the emergence of East Scandinavian runic
dialects, the runic lexicon, the phonological and morphological
changes of Old Swedish (c. 1225 – 1526) and Old Danish (c. 1100 –
The course includes field trips to a runic location on Zealand
and to the city of Lund in the Skåne region as well as a visit to
the Danish National Museum.
As a large part of the texts to be read are preserved in
manuscripts located in the Arnamagnæan Collection in Department of
Nordic Research students will get hands-on practice in reading and
Participants (who need no prior experience with East Norse) will
learn to read the runic alphabets and how to transliterate runic
inscriptions. They will learn how to read and translate diplomatic
(un-normalized) representations of texts in East Norse and will be
able to identify Old Swedish and Old Danish texts respectively and
to characterize texts as regards syntax and style. They will get an
overview of the usage of runes from the Iron Age to the High Middle
Ages in Southern Scandinavia and of East Norse texts and
manuscripts. They will gain basic knowledge of East Norse
paleography and the codicology of the medieval book.
Michael P. Barnes: Runes a Handbook. Woodbridge
Sven B.F. Jansson: Runes in Sweden. Stockholm 1987
Erik Moltke: Runes and Their Origin. In Denmark and
Elsewhere. Copenhagen 1985.
Einar Haugen: The Scandinavian Languages. 1976
Old Danish and Old Swedish:
In The Nordic Languages: An International handbook of the
history of the North Germanic languages, ed. Oscar Bandle et
al., Berlin/New York, 2005:
Jonas Carlquist: The history of Old Nordic manuscripts III: Old
Britta Olrik Frederiksen: The history of Old Nordic
manuscripts IV: Old Danish.
Lars-Olof Delsing: The morphology of Old Nordic II: Old Swedish
and Old Danish.
Patrik Åström: Manuscripts and bookprinting in Late Medieval
Scandinavia and in Early Modern Times.
Britta Olrik Frederiksen: Medieval books in Danish – in plain
and less plain figures. In Living Words & Luminous
Pictures: Medieval book culture in Denmark.Essays,
ed. Erik Petersen, København/Aarhus 1999.