Solutions to Old Norse Pronunciation

We might consider ourselves to be Norse lovers and worshippers. But how much confidence do we really have when it comes to Old Norse Pronunciation. There must be times when we feel terrible because we cannot pronounce Norse words correctly. This blog post is going to solve the problems for you. Below is an instruction of How to pronounce Old Norse. This version might not be totally enough and you have to practice to say the words many times. But we firmly believe this will help you get rid of embarrassment of wrong pronunciation.

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Vowels in Old Norse Pronunciation

A – pronounce like “father” in English (short)

Á – long pronunciation like “car”

E – pronounce like “bed” in English, short pronunciation

É – long pronunciation of double “ee” like “knee” in English

I or Í – pronounce like word “hit” and “beat” in English.

O – pronounce like “lock” in English

Ó – the long “o” pronunciation like number “four”

U – pronounce like “book” in English with double “oo”

Ú – pronounce like “who” with one “o” in English

Y or Ý – pronounce like München in German

Æ – pronounce like “ea” of “bear” in English.

Ø or Œ – pronounce “eu” as in French “feu” either short or long

Diftongs in Old Norse Pronunciation

Au – pronounce like “ow” of “how” in English

Ei – pronounce like “ay” of “hay” in English

Ey – this sounds like “oy” of “boy” in English

Consonsnants in Old Norse Pronunciation

B – pronounce as the normal “b” in English

D – pronounce as the normal “d” in English

Рor ð – pronounce like “th” in English. For example “there. See more Pronounce Norse Names

F – spoken as the normal “f” in English

H – unless its place is before “v”, it is pronounced as the normal “h” in English. When it is before the “v”, H is pronounced like “Bach”, a harsh “ch” sound

J – Don’t pronounce this like the sound “J” in English. The right way is to pronounce it like an ordinary “y” in English.

R – pronounce the “r” like making a trill.

S – pronounce like “s” of “safe” in English

T – sound like English “t” of “timber”

Þ and þ – pronounce like “th” in English. For example: Þórr (Thor Viking God) sounds like “th” of thing. Compare with Рor ð

V – this can be pronounced like the English sound of “w” or “v”. For example: the name Vidar (Viking God of Revenge) sounds like /WI-THA/ because the Old Norse writing way is Víðarr

X – pronounce like “ks” in English, for example English word “spark”.

Z – pronounce like the final sound of “cats” in English.

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