Primary Sources Recommended for Study

The following reading list has been complied to offer current students on the Tripos with the primary sources for the Part I study of:

Part I Paper 6 - Old Norse language and literature

Paper co-ordinator: Dr Judy Quinn

  • Larrington, Carolyne, trans., The Poetic Edda (pb, Oxford World's Classics)
  • Faulkes, Anthony, trans., Snorri Sturluson. Edda (pb, Everyman)
  • Clunies Ross, Margaret, et al. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages (Brepols) [access to printed volumes progressively available at:]
  • Frank, Roberta, Old Norse Court Poetry: the Dróttkvætt Stanza (Cornell University Press)
  • Turville-Petre, E. O. G., Scaldic Poetry (Oxford University Press)
  • Thorsson, Örnólfur, et al., trans., The Sagas of Icelanders. A Selection (pb, Penguin)
  • Cook, Robert, trans., Njal's Saga (pb, Penguin)
  • Regal, Martin, and Quinn, Judy, trans., Gisli Sursson's Saga and The Saga of the People of Eyri (pb, Penguin)
  • Whaley, Diana, et al., trans., Sagas of Warrior-Poets (pb, Penguin)
  • Hreinsson, Viðar, ed., The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, I-V (Reykjavík)
  • Pálsson, Hermann, and Edwards, Paul, trans., Seven Viking Romances (pb, Penguin)
  • Byock, Jesse, trans., Völsunga Saga (pb, Penguin)
  • Vigfusson, Gudbrand, and York Powell, F., ed. and trans., Origines Islandicae, I-II (Oxford)
  • Vigfusson, Gudbrand, and York Powell, F., ed. and trans., Corpus Poeticum Boreale: The Poetry of the Old Northern Tongue, from the Earliest Times to the Thirteenth Century (Oxford)

The textbook for the course is A New Introduction to Old Norse I-III (Viking Society for Northern Research). [The Reader, Grammar and Glossary, as well as a number of other Viking Society publications, are available as pdfs at]