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  • HEIMSKRINGLA is an online collection of Old Norse source material, primarily Eddas, Icelandic sagas, scaldic poetry, and some background material.
  • HEIMSKRINGLA consists of some 5100 titles in the Old Norse language or translated into the modern Scandinavian languages.
  • HEIMSKRINGLA builds on the assumption that these texts – being part of our cultural heritage – should be made available for everybody.
  • HEIMSKRINGLA is subject to the laws of copyright. Consequently we are restricted when it comes to more recent publications.
  • HEIMSKRINGLA is run as an idealistic project. Therefore we always need volunteers. On this link you can read how to become part of the project.

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Recent texts:

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We present:
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Island i fristatstiden
By Valtýr Guðmundsson, 1924

Valtýr Guðmundsson (1860–1928) was an Icelandic philologist and Professor of Icelandic history and litterature at the University of Copenhagen. He had a particular interest in cultural history and his dissertation from 1889 was entitled Privatboligen på Island i sagatiden.
His »Island i fristatstiden« is a popular presentation of culture–historical conditions in Iceland from the time of Settlement to the downfall of the Free State. In this work Valtýr Guðmundsson presents a number of subjects like the earliest history and constitution of the country, lawgiving, houses and dwellings, clothing, social life, courting, marriage, divorce, funeral, christening, schools, saga writing and many more.

Special features:
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  • Biographical Index: Briefly on manuscript collectors, scholars, and authors who have had an influence on the conservation, publication and interpretation of Old Norse source material.
  • E-Library: Links to some 400 books - all available online.
  • Gallery: Visit Heimskringla's gallery of historical sites etc.

Ongoing projects:

About the HEIMSKRINGLA-project and the people behind it

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    Then click on Mobilvisning at the bottom of the page.
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Picture and text are out of position on my screen and some characters do not show up correctly. Why?
A.: For optimal viewing of, please use Firefox or Safari. Your Character Encoding should be set on "Unicode (UTF-8)". (In the menu bar choose View then Character Encoding etc.) You may also use Opera and choose the same settings.

Q: Do errors occur in the texts?
A: Even though all our texts have been proofread, we cannot guarantee that typing and spelling mistakes do not occur. We encourage our readers to contact our webmaster however, if you should come across a mistake of typing, spelling or any other inconsistencies. Furthermore we want to emphasize that a text on the Internet should always be compared to the original before it is used in books (quotes, references etc.)

Q: I am not able to get access to all the pages as I am being asked for a username and a password. Can I get a password from you?
A: Unfortunately not. For copyright reasons a small part of our text material is password-protected and inaccessible to the general public. In individual cases I may give restricted access to the password-protected collection if someone is contributing with relevant text material to the collection.

Q: How can I contribute to the project?
A: The HEIMSKRINGLA - project needs practical as well as financial contributions. See the information page about financing, voluntary proofreading and technical assistance. All contributions will be received with gratitude.

Q: I am a student who needs help with my assignment. Can you help me?
A: Unfortunately we cannot do that. Consult your teacher or local librarian. You are of course free to make use of the material from for your assignment: if you do so, please remember to make references. Generally speaking, however one must be very careful in using sources from the Internet for assignments and other schoolwork, as there is much misinformation on the Internet.

Q: Can you send me a message when a page is updated with new material?
A: All information about updates and other relevant matters can be found on our Facebook page.

Q: The text I am looking for is not to be found in the "Norrøne Tekster og Kvad" - project. Will you be so kind as to publish it for me?
A: The aim is to make "Norrøne Tekster og Kvad" as comprehensive as possible. In practice the greatest limitation is the acquisition of text material. It goes without saying that such a wide-ranging project cannot be completed in all fields at the same time. Which areas are finished first and how broadly or well the coverage is, will depend on who is contributing to the project at a given time.

Sp.: Is an App available for the material on Heimskringla?
Sv.: No unfortunately not. But by clicking on Mobilvisning at the bottom of the page, you get a format that is customised for mobile or tablet.

HEIMSKRINGLA er et privat initiativ. Prosjektet mottar ikke noen form for offentlig støtte. Vi har kun utgifter og ingen faste inntekter. Kostnader til teknisk drift og utstyr bæres av privatpersoner. Alle økonomiske bidrag mottas derfor med stor takk. Ønsker du eller ditt foretak å støtte prosjektet økonomisk? Ta gjerne kontakt med oss, eller bruk vårt norske kontonummer 97105024499. Du kan også støtte oss via vårt Vipps-nummer 78431. For utenlandske bidrag bruk vårt IBAN-nummer NO6897105024499, med SWIFT-kode: DNBANOKK eller SEPA-kode: SKIANOBB. En kan også overføre penger til HEIMSKRINGLA via PayPal eller vippse via mobilen til 78431. Vi selger også fast annonseplass på venstre sidemeny til rimelig pris. Alle bidragsytere krediteres med navn for sine bidrag.