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Viking Words

The language of the Vikings was Old Norse, also termed Old Icelandic by linguists. Old Norse influenced many Scandinavian and Germanic languages, including English. Fortunately, the conservatism of the Icelandic language over the centuries means Icelandic is the closest living language to that spoken by the ancient Vikings. I've compiled a list of words in both English and Icelandic for your inspiration.

For hand stamped rune jewelry, Crow Steals Fire will translate the letters of the names or words you choose phonetically into the runic alphabet to create a one-of-a-kind piece. I'm also happy to hand stamp the Icelandic words themselves.

English

Icelandic

ALWAYS AETITH
AND OG
BELOVED ASTKAERS
BROTHER BROTHIR
BROTHERHOOD BRAETHRALAG
COURAGE(OUS) HUGRAKUR
DESTINY HLUTSKIPTI
DETERMINATION EINBEITNI
ETERNAL EILIFUR
ETERNITY EILIFTH
FAITH TRU
FAMILY AETINGJAR
FOREVER EILIFT
FORTUNE AUDUR
FRATERNITY BRAETHRALAG
FREEDOM FRELSI
FRIEND(S) VINUR
FRIENDSHIP VINATA
GLORY DYRTH
HAPPINESS HAMINGJA
HAPPY LUKULEGUR
HEALTH HEILSA
HONOR VIRDING
HOPE VON
JOY GLEDI
KNOWLEDGE FRODLEIKR
LIFE LIF
LIGHT LJOS
LOVE AST
LOYALTY TRYGTH
LUCK HEPNI
MAGIC TOFRAR
PEACE FRITHUR
PROSPERITY VELGENGNI
PURITY TAERLEIKI
RESPECT VIRTHA
SEXY KYNAESANDI
SOUL MATE SAL FELAGI
SPIRIT ANDI
STRENGTH AFL
SUCCESS VELGENGI
TRANQUILITY RO
TRUST TRAUST
TRUTH SANLEIKUR
VALOR IHUGPRYTH
VICTORY SIGUR
WATCH OVER GAETA
WEALTH AUDUR
WISDOM VISKA
WISH VILJA

 

 Viking Runes Jewelry

 

For information on the Elder Furthark alphabet: Viking Rune Meanings.

Besides Thursday (Thor's Day), there are a surprising number of words of Old Norse origin that we use every day in English, like "they," "get," "fellow," "law," "glitter," and my personal favorite: "cake". So, to a certain point of view, every day we're speaking a little bit of the language of the Vikings.

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