NFI4120 – Old Norse - language and texts

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Course content

Introduction to Old Norse grammar and study of standardized and non-standardized texts.

An introduction to metre is also given, beginning with the Eddaic and skaldic poems in the original language.

Learning outcome

Students should obtain a general knowledge of Old Norse grammar and syntax in order to be capable of independent study of an unseen Old Norse text, whether it be in standardized or non-standardized form.

The course will also give some understanding of metre and poetic language so that the student will come some way in being able to analyse Old Norse poetry.

The students are also to learn how to use Old Norse dictionaries and editions.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The minimum number of attendants for the course is 5.


Recommended previous knowledge

This course does not presuppose that the student has any previous knowledge of Old Norse. However, it is expected that the student has some background knowledge of the period.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with NFI1101 – Norrøn grammatikk og eldre språkhistorie


Teaching is given in the form of seminars and will amount to 42 hours in total.

Written qualification assignments must be approved by the subject teacher before students can sit for the exam.

The qualification assignment is a folder consisting of 15 shorter philological assignments. Students are given assignments for each class (21 classes), and it is mandatory to submit at least 15 of these. The assignments must be handed in by set deadlines each week and will be discussed in class. At least 12 out of 15 submissions must be approved for the student to be able to sit for the exam.

It is otherwise expected that students are prepared to actively participate in the class.


The course is rounded off with a 4-hour written examination. The student's answers are assessed by the subject teacher and an internal moderator.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

Old Norse dictionary

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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