Old Norse Language & Literature

Old Norse Language & Literature

*Please note that this course will run only if two or more students enroll.

Course Description: This course will be an intensive introduction to Old Norse language and literature. It will provide an overview of Old Norse grammar, as well as a brief survey of the Eddas. Readings will include excerpts from Gylfaginning of the Prose Edda, Hávamál and Völuspá of the Poetic Edda, and others depending upon time and student interest.


Level: No prior knowledge of Old Norse or Icelandic is necessary.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Mondays, 8:00-10:00pm U.S. Eastern Time


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Chihiro Tsukamoto

Chihiro received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Medieval Icelandic Studies from the University of Iceland, and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. Chihiro reconstructed Viking Age music for her master's thesis by using Old Norse, Greek, Latin, Arabic, and archaeological materials. For her Ph.D., she researched 2000 years of music therapy around the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the end of the Ottoman Empire. She is a translator and passionate linguaphile who has studied over 20 languages. A professional pianist, harpist, and percussionist, she was a therapeutic harpist at Yale-New Haven Hospital.