25 Icelandic Language and Literature


For language learning resources see the Icelandic section of the Languages chapter.

Letters from the North American-Icelandic Children’s Newspaper Sólskin: October 1915 to April 1918

This made in Manitoba project is a collection of letters to the editor published in Sólskin, the children’s section of the Winnipeg-based Icelandic language newspaper Lögberg (now Lögberg-Heimskringla). The letters were written by children from October 1915 to April 1918, and are reproduced and translated.


Tímarit is an online library of articles with a vast array of topics. There are tens of thousands of articles openly available through this site. While Tímarit can be navigated in English, many of the writings are in Icelandic.

The William Morris Archive

This is the best resource on the English translator and popularizer of Icelandic literature, William Morris (1834-1896), making newly edited versions of many of Morris’s works available online, often in multiple versions and with commentary.

The Journal of the William Morris Society

Features all articles from 1961 to 2011 freely available online.

YouTube Channels

Please note that most YouTube videos have a standard YouTube license, which means they are free to watch but can’t be downloaded or edited, however some videos which have Creative Commons licenses do have these permissions. To check a video’s license, look in the video description; if no license is listed then it comes with the default YouTube license; if it says “License: Creative Commons” then follow the conditions of the linked CC license.

Jackson Crawford

Dr. Crawford has a Youtube channel where he explains aspects of Old Norse language, culture, and mythology. He has hundreds of videos teaching a variety of topics.

Mathias Nordvig

Dr. Nordvig’s channel focuses on pre-Christian Scandinavian religion. Religious practices and myths of the time are the primary topics.

Northern Myths Podcast

This channel has lengthy discussions on mythology; including interviews with authors, bands, and other podcast creators.


The playlist specific to Old Norse studies can be found under the title “Hurstwic Heathen Study Group.” This channel focuses on the recreation of Viking battles, but it also hosts informal lectures on a variety of topics surrounding the Vikings.

Viking Language Old Norse

This is a small channel that has videos produced by Dr. Jesse Byock concerning the archaeological dig at Mosfell Valley.

Specific Videos

The Age of the Vikings – Anders Winroth

Youtube, uploaded by The Kansas City Public Library, 29 Jan. 2015.

Author Talk: The Poetic Edda: Carolyne Larrington.”

Youtube, uploaded by Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press), 2 May 2019.

The Children of Ash: Cosmology and the Viking Universe.”

Youtube, uploaded by Cornell University, 11 Dec. 2011.

The Future of the Icelandic Language, Part 1.”

Youtube, uploaded by Scandinavia House, 18 June 2018.

George Lakey, author of ‘Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – and How We Can Too.‘”

Youtube, uploaded by 360 North, 15 Dec. 2016.

The Icelandic Culture Boom: Threat or Asset?

Youtube, uploaded by Polyglot Conference, 22 Aug 2018.

Icelandic Language Learning: Teaching Morphologically Complex Language Online, SOAS.”

Youtube, SOAS University of London, 4 Feb. 2013.

Icelandic roots and identities: Genealogies, DNA, & personal names (Gisli Palsson).”

Youtube, uploaded by Genetic Genealogy Ireland, 11 Oct. 2018.

The Icelandic Village: Guided Participation in Real-Life Interaction in Icelandic.”

Youtube, uploaded by Polyglot Conference, 16 Aug. 2018.

Icelandic Volcanoes: Interactions Between Volcanoes, Ice and Atmosphere.”

Youtube, uploaded by GeologicalSociety, 26 April 2012.

Life and Afterlife: Dealing with the Dead in the Viking Age.”

Youtube, uploaded by Cornell University, 11 Dec. 2012.

Lunchtime Talk: Invasion, Immigration, Integration? New Ways of Looking at the Vikings.”

Youtube, uploaded by Nottingham Lakeside Arts, 28 March 2018.

Medieval Icelandic Textiles.”

Youtube, uploaded by Team TVS, 16 Nov. 2012.

Neil Gaiman: Norse Mythology and American Gods.”

Youtube, uploaded by WGBHForum, 4 May 2017.

Norse Mythology, Ontology and Metaphysics.”

Youtube, uploaded by Joe Enabnit, 6 Nov. 2015.

A reading from ‘The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman.’”

Youtube, uploaded by Cornell University, 27 July 2009.

Revealing the Landscape: Community archaeology in Viking Sherwood Forest.”

Youtube, uploaded by Nova Scotia Archaeology Society NSAS, 22 March 2017.

2012 Rhind lecture 1: “From Garðar to Garðar” by Professor Kevin Edwards.”

Youtube, uploaded by Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 17 Aug. 2018.

The Shape of the Soul: The Viking Mind and the Individual.”

Youtube, uploaded by Cornell University, 11 Dec. 2012.

The Song of the Vikings, Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths with Nancy Marie Brown.”

Youtube, uploaded by St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 11 April 2013.

Streaming Museum’s Nordic Outbreak Lecture: History of Nordic Art.”

Youtube, uploaded by StreamingMuseum, 22 April 2013.

Tolkien’s Sigurd and Gudrún – Lecture 1 of 3.”

Youtube, uploaded by Signum University, 1 May 2017.

Viking-age grave analysis reveals woman warrior.”

Youtube, uploaded by Stockholm University, 20 Sept. 2017.

Viking Age research in the Black Earth Harbour on the Swedish island of Birka.”

Youtube, uploaded by Stockholm University, 4 July 2018.

Viking DNA expert leads longboat raid to Norway.”

Youtube, uploaded by University of Nottingham, 19 June 2013.

Viking DNA in Ireland. Do you have some and where did it come from? (Peter Sjölund).”

Youtube, uploaded by Genetic Genealogy Ireland, 16 Nov. 2016.

22. Vikings / The European Prospect, 1000.”

Youtube, uploaded by YaleCourses, 5 April 2012.

Viking Inscriptions in Britain.”

Youtube, uploaded by James Willetts, 5 Oct. 2017.

Viking Myths of Minnesota’s Kensington Rune Stone.”

Youtube, uploaded by College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University Digital Commons, 6 Feb. 2019.

The Viking and Norse impact on the beginning of Scotland – Prof Dauvit Broun.”

Youtube, uploaded by thinkuhi, 24 May 2017.

The Vikings and Their Outreach: From Buddhas to Butternuts – lecture by Russell Poole.”

Youtube, uploaded by Western University, 18 April 2011.

Viking Presence in Ireland.”

Youtube, uploaded by GiantsHeritageCenter, 20 Jan. 2012.

Vikings in a Turbulent Anglo-Scandinavian World, Christina von Nolcken.”

Youtube, uploaded by The University of Chicago, 22 Dec. 2011.

Women in Early Viking Scotland.”

Youtube, uploaded by James Willetts, 23 Sept. 2018.

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