An etymological dictionary of the Norn language in Shetland
An etymological dictionary of the Norn language in Shetland by Jakob Jakobsen
An etymological dictionary of the Norn language in Shetland Author: Jakob Jakobsen
Title: An etymological dictionary of the Norn language in Shetland
ISBN: 0404175562
ISBN13: 978-0404175566
Other Formats: lrf rtf mbr lrf
Pages: -
Publisher: AMS Press (1985)
Language: English
Category: Reference
Size PDF version: 1261 kb
Size EPUB version: 1472 kb
Subcategory: Words, Language & Grammar




The Orkney Isles and Shetland, according to old Saga-accounts, were peopled from Norway in 19th century, in the days of King Harald Fairhair, at the same time as Faeroe Isles and Iceland: but from old Celtic monuments and inscriptions and from the place-names, it appears that the Orkney Isles and Shetland had an aboriginal Celtic population; while from place-names of a distinctly ancient character, it is evident that the Island had Norse is mentioned in the Sagas. The great strong tide of emigrants, setting westwards from Norway in King Harald Fairhair's time, swept out of mind all previous emigrations, and absorbed the entire attention of Saga-Writers.