Leornung: Rǣdinga on Scolum

There are, of course, quite a number of universities, colleges, institutions, clubs, societies, organizations where you can learn the history, language, culture, etc. of the Anglo-Saxons and Norse. Right now, as it turns out, many universities are posting their course offerings for the Fall semester 2011. It appears there will be a course on Old English at Tufts, as well as Rutgers and Millersville University (Pennsylvania); courses on Old English and Old Norse at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign; several classes related to Old English and Anglo-Saxon literature at Emory University; M.A. program in Norse and Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham; graduate program in medieval archaeology at Durham University. (*If you attend or know of any school offering classes in fields related to this site, please leave a comment with the relevant information). And in case you are a history teacher of young children, here’s a small collection of nice resources for teaching about Sutton Hoo.

Perhaps you don’t have the time or money to attend university classes. In that case you could always buy books such as the Cambridge Companion to Bede, a book on Anglo-Saxon material culture, or even the work Athelburga: a Story of Anglo-Saxon Times. If “free” is the only word in your vocabulary, then read the entire epic of Beowulf online or download books on Anglo-Saxon topics (N.B. often those sites do require registration and/or payment, but not always). It may help when reading to have access to some Old English dictionaries. If you like “free” and are also historically minded, then definitely check out an  article from the Dorset Echo on when Saxons ruled Dorset.

Just a couple posts ago I mentioned that the famous Viking ship Oseberg will be replicated and sailed this year. But you needn’t wait until whenever that will happen to satisfy your Viking sailing desires. While it’s too late to catch one such Viking boat race that just took place, you can always find future events to attend such as the upcoming Moira Canal Festival. If you want to join the Vikings at the festival, you ought to know plenty about Old Norse mythology. You can start to get a background by visiting a great, in-depth blog on Old Norse mythology and then reading a discussion on some specific aspects and a write-up about Ostara (or even attend an Ostara celebration). For the younger Viking lovers, Odd and the Frost Giants might make for a good starting point.

Having read those, go download some books on Norse poetry. You might glean some info on Norse women in your readings, but if you want a want more direct study, then check out a book on Women in Old Norse society. And for those with knowledge of the Old Norse language, a fantastic resource is the Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages database (with a corresponding set of Old Norse Teaching Texts) hosted by the University of Sydney. If you don’t know Old Norse, but you speak perfect Bostonian, then learn a bit about Norse history here.

Just to end with a little Celtic flair, here’s a list of Irish films films to watch and medieval celebrations in Conwy (Wales) to attend. And for those who are curious, learn to what extent English was influenced by Celtic languages.

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2 Responses to Leornung: Rǣdinga on Scolum

  1. esmeraldamac says:

    An excellent set of links there and some blogs that I’ll definately be checking out.

    My hubby learned Anglo-Saxon as part of his degree in english at York, and I took a module in it as part of my history degree at Sheffield, albeit mine was some time ago. I hope these degrees still include this option.

    • amerikanaki says:

      It’s great that you and your husband learned Old English! My Old English is horrible, but don’t let anybody know… 😉 I think it’d be interesting if Old English was made available to study during childhood education – as is done for example with Ancient Greek in the modern Greek education system – and not only at the university (and of course many universities don’t even offer Old English).

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