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I kept trying to come up with pithy one-liners to describe my thoughts, but all I can manage is: this book is a blast! Old Norse for Modern Times is the English-to-Old Norse guidebook I never knew I needed. I have no idea when I’ll be able to work “I am your All-Father” into conversation, but darned if I’m not going to try every chance I get. This might take me from socially awkward to barred from all parties, but it’s a small price to pay.
If you are looking for an exhaustive tome on all things Viking-related, this won’t scratch that itch. Rather, it is a punny book that focuses fondly on a subject both fun and interesting. With phrases such as “It takes a Viking to raze a village” and “Did you see my heroic pose on Instagram”, this is the funniest book I’ve read in quite a while.
I think an audiobook would elevate this to the next level, although there are pronunciation guides and helpful tips throughout. And honestly, how many people can tell me with any authority that my pronunciation is terrible?
I loved the choice of phrases found in Old Norse for Modern Times. It was a fabulous mix of pop culture references and facetious twists on phrases found in the usual guidebook (“Sorry, my Old English is a little rusty”). While this books is humorous, it is quite obvious that there is some expert knowledge being used to thoroughly entertain. After all, while there might not be a pressing need for me to know how to pronounce Old Norse, the pronunciation guide is there.
Old Norse for Modern Times was a highly diverting read and one I would recommend to Viking fantasy or Norse history fans who also have a sense of humor.
You can find Old Norse for Modern Times on Amazon.