31/10/2020 Hávamál: Sayings of the High One... Available now on Amazon!

The Hávamál ('sayings of the high one' i.e. 'Odin') is a collection of poetry from the Viking age. It can be described as 'gnomic poetry' in that it contains a series of insightful verses which offer advice in the form of maxims and aphorisms (short statements, observations, and opinions) about how to live one's life, how to conduct oneself in a proper manner, and how to gain and use wisdom in order to survive and prosper in a dangerous world. It can be seen as an important source of Old Norse philosophy, an insight into the minds of the people of the Norse world, revealing the values which were perceived as important and worthy of preserving in such poetry. It is also important as a source of mythology concerning the origin of the runes, and their importance and significance in Norse culture which continues to this day. It is preserved in the 'Codex Regius' ('Royal Book', 'King's Book', 'Konungsbók' (GKS 2365 4to) which has been dated to around c1260-1280, but the poetry itself has been variously dated back as far as the 10th or even 9th century. Also included is a Word List with over 1,400 definitions.

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20/10/2020 The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue... Available now on Amazon!

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-Tongue is a story of love, rivalry, betrayal, and tragedy set against a backdrop of the changing times of the late Viking age. This book contains the original texts, both Old Norse and Icelandic versions, with parallel literal word-for-word translations. Also included is a Word List with over 2,500 definitions.

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30/08/2020 Pirates and Their Flags, The Jolly Roger and The Golden Age of Piracy... Available now on Amazon!

From the portrayal of piracy in popular culture, whether based on fact, fiction, romanticised legend, (from evil antagonist to anti-hero to loveable rogue) or a combination of all of these, we have inherited a set of images conjured up in the mind's eye when we think of pirates, the wooden leg, the parrot perched on the shoulder, the stylised accent from the south west of England, and also the Jolly Roger or the Skull & Crossbones, a powerful image of mortality whose origins can be traced as far back as the late middle ages. The use of these symbols by pirates on their flags was designed to strike fear into their prey and encourage them to surrender without a fight. They were also a form of brand identity that would carry with them the power of the reputation that preceded them. The fact that the Jolly Roger or Skull & Crossbones has been adopted by various military and sports teams around the world, and also as an internationally recognised symbol of danger or poison is testament to the effectiveness of this image. This book examines the origin and evolution of these flags and their common themes and variations, with 67 flags in full colour over 160 pages.

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28/06/2020 Now available in Swedish! Nu tillgänglig på Svenska!

A big thank you to Tove Aradala Barbrosdotter Buhe-Stam for helping with the translation of this edition.

Ett särskilt tack till Tove Aradala Barbrosdotter Buhe-Stam för hjälp med översättningen av denna utgåva.

Galdrastafir: En Samling av Isländska Magiska Rungalder

Galdrastafir som överlever i olika manuskript från sen medeltid fram till 1900-talet ger oss en glimt av en rik tradition av magi i den norra världen. Från formuleringen av runor till bindrunorna och allt mer komplexa magiska symboler, till införlivandet av referenser till bibliska sälar och delar av den kristna tron, förhållandet mellan traditionell magi och religiös symbolik är komplex och varierad. Från de positiva åkallelserna av lycka till, framgång, rikedom osv. För att skydda en person eller egendom från stöld eller magi, till mörkare och mer moraliskt komplicerade avsikter, dessa symboler visas här för att ge en bred bild av människors oro och hur utövare av magi försökte ta itu med dessa problem på Island under sent på medeltiden och tidigt modern tid. Det som våra förfäder önskade, de bekymmer de sökte lösningen på, magin de trodde på för att få det att hända, och hur symbolerna och trollformlerna formulerades och övades, berätta om vem vi är och var vi har kommit ifrån.

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24/06/2020 Galdrastafir: A Collection of Icelandic Magical Staves... Available now on Amazon!

The Galdrastafir that survive in various manuscripts from the Late Middle Ages until the 20th Century give us a glimpse of a rich tradition of magic in the Norse world. From the formulation of runes into bindrunes and ever more complex magical symbols, to the incorporation of references to biblical seals and elements of the Christian faith, the relationship between traditional magic and religious symbolism is a complex and varied one. From the positive invocations of good luck, success, wealth, etc. to the protection of one's person or property from theft or magic, to darker and more morally complex intentions, these symbols are shown here to provide a broad view of the people's concerns and how the practitioners of magic attempted to address these concerns in Iceland in the Late Medieval and Early Modern periods. The things our ancestors wished for, the concerns they sought solution to, the magic they believed in to make it happen, and the way the symbols and spells were formulated and practised, tell us about who we are, and where we have come from.

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27/05/2020 The Secret Door Podcast with Melissa Martell

Language enthusiast, composer, writer, and musician Matthew Leigh Embleton joins the podcast today to talk about his two latest books, Runes: Origins, Evolution, Mythology, Meanings, Divination, and Magic and The Vínland Sagas: Text, Literal Translation, and Word List. We discuss how Norse language was formed and how it evolved, and in several ways it was used within the norse culture. We also get into runes and their practical and magical purposes and much more.

14/05/2020 Now available in Swedish! Nu tillgänglig på Svenska!

A big thank you to Tove Aradala Barbrosdotter Buhe-Stam for helping with the translation of this edition.

Ett särskilt tack till Tove Aradala Barbrosdotter Buhe-Stam för hjälp med översättningen av denna utgåva.

Runor, Utspridning, Utveckling, Mytologi, Betydelser, Spådom och Magi

Runor är ett fascinerande exempel på uppfinningsrikedomen för språk, kommunikation och symbolisk betydelse. De visar oss den mänskliga naturens försök att använda dem som uttrycksverktyg, ett gudomligt sätt att förstå krafterna som finns runt omkring oss som formar våra liv och våra försök att påverka dessa krafter genom att beteckna våra avsikter till det gudomliga och universum. De är ett uttryck för den mänskliga ande. De är en del av oss.

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09/05/2020 Runes, Origins, Evolution, Mythology, Meanings, Divination, and Magic... Available now on Amazon!

Runes are a fascinating example of the ingenuity of language, communication, and symbolic meaning. They show us human nature's attempt to use them as tools of expression, a divinatory means to understand the forces that exist all around us that shape our lives, and our attempts to influence these forces by signifying our intentions to the divine and the universe. They are an expression of the human spirit. They are part of us.

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20/04/2020 The Vínland Sagas... Available now on Amazon!

The Vínland Sagas offer a fascinating glimpse into a period of exploration and discovery in the Norse world and beyond. This book contains the original texts of The Saga of the Greenlanders (Grœnlendinga Saga), and both versions of The Saga of Erik the Red (Eiríks Saga Rauða) with parallel literal translations. Also included is a Word List with over 3,000 definitions.

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27/03/2020 Lyrics from the Nordic Patterns album.

02 Kutkäldu

Vatn rennr eins ok lífið

Water flows like life

Frá fjöllum að lækjum

From mountain to stream

Frá lækjum til sjávar

From stream to sea

Frá sjó til lofts

From sea to air

Endalaust aftr

Eternally recurring

03 Gnisvärd

Gnisvärd, vér koma að

Gnisvard, we come to

Galdra ok seðir að

Galdra and Sethir to

Goð ok Guðinna

Gods and Goddesses

Tolum við þá

Talking to them

Á svörtum nótt eða

Whether black is the night

Bjartum degi

Or the day is bright

04 Klangstenen

Freyja vér heillar þu

Freyja, we congratulate you

Freyja vér heillar þér

Freyja, we congratulate you

Freyja vér heillar þig

Freyja, we congratulate you

Contributions to Omniglot.com

Omniglot.com is an amazing website which offers a wealth of information on languages and writing systems, both around the world and throughout history. Also included are sample texts, translations and audio examples contributed by a community of language enthusiasts around the world.

Old Norse

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Old Norse, Audio Clip

Appears on:

The Old Norse Language Page

The Germanic Languages Page

Allir menn eru bornir frjálsir ok jafnir at virðingu ok réttum. Þeir eru allir viti goeddir ok samvizku, ok skulu gøra hvárr til annars bróðurliga.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Thor

Old Norse, Audio Clip

Appears on:

The Old Norse Language Page

Þórr heitir áss, ok er sterkr mjök ok oft reiðr. Hann á hamar góðan. Þórr ferr oft til Jötunheima ok vegr Þar marga jötna með hamrinum. Þórr á ok vagn er flýgr. Hann ekr vagninum um himininn. Þar er Þórr ekr, er stormr.

A god is named Thor. He is very strong and often angry. He has a good hammer. Thor often goes to Gianthome and slays many giants there with the hammer. Thor also has a carriage that flies. He drives the carriage through the sky. Where Thor drives there is storm.

Latin

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Classical Latin, Audio Clip

Appears on:

The Latin Language Page

The Italic Languages Page

Omnes homines dignitate et iure liberi et pares nascuntur, rationis et conscientiae participes sunt, quibus inter se concordiae studio est agendum.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Vulgar Latin, Audio Clip

Appears on:

The Latin Language Page

The Italic Languages Page

Omne homnes nascuntu liberi e pares dignitat e jure, sunt da rationis e conscientiae, e agendu inter spiritu de fraternitat.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9)

Latin (Vulgate), Audio Clip:

Appears on:

The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9) in Latin Page

Erat autem terra labii unius et sermonum eorundem

And the earth was of one tongue, and of the same speech.

Cumque proficiscerentur de oriente invenerunt campum in terra Sennaar et habitaverunt in eo

And when they removed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Sennaar, and dwelt in it.

Dixitque alter ad proximum suum venite faciamus lateres et coquamus eos igni habueruntque lateres pro saxis et bitumen pro cemento

And each one said to his neighbour: Come let us make brick, and bake them with fire. And they had brick instead of stones, and slime instead of mortar:

Et dixerunt venite faciamus nobis civitatem et turrem cuius culmen pertingat ad caelum et celebremus nomen nostrum antequam dividamur in universas terras

And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven; and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands.

Descendit autem Dominus ut videret civitatem et turrem quam aedificabant filii Adam

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of Adam were building.

Et dixit ecce unus est populus et unum labium omnibus coeperuntque hoc facere nec desistent a cogitationibus suis donec eas opere conpleant

And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, neither will they leave off from their designs, till they accomplish them in deed.

Venite igitur descendamus et confundamus ibi linguam eorum ut non audiat unusquisque vocem proximi sui

Come ye, therefore, let us go down, and there confound their tongue, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Atque ita divisit eos Dominus ex illo loco in universas terras et cessaverunt aedificare civitatem

And so the Lord scattered them from that place into all lands, and they ceased to build the city.

Et idcirco vocatum est nomen eius Babel quia ibi confusum est labium universae terrae et inde dispersit eos Dominus super faciem cunctarum regionum

And therefore the name thereof was called Babel, because there the language of the whole earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all countries.

Anglo-Saxon

Useful Phrases in Old English / Anglo-Saxon

About Me (Simon Ager) in Old English / Anglo-Saxon

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