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Norse is an adjective relating things to Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden.


The etymology of the adjective "norse" is somewhat surprising as one would expect it to have entered the English language through either the already present native stem "north" or via a scandanavian language. Yet "Norse" (which entered English in 1598) derives from the Dutch word "noors", the adjective form of "Norwegian"[1]. The modern English form (which sounds almost identical to the Dutch term) may be used in a number of ways: Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... Compass rose with north highlighted and at top Look up North in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

  • Norse mythology, ancient Scandinavian beliefs
  • Norsecore, a subgenre of heavy metal music
  • Norsemen, Scandinavian people before the Christianization of Scandinavia
  • North Germanic languages (through the synonym "Nordic languages"), a group of modern languages spoken in Scandinavia and nearby lands (excluding Finland).
    • West Norse, describing the modern languages of Norwegian, Faroese and Icelandic within the North Germanic language group.
    • East Norse, describing the modern languages of Danish and Swedish within the North Germanic language group.
    • Proto-Norse language, the Indo-European language in use from 100 BC. to 800 AD., predecessor of Old Norse
    • Old Norse language, the Germanic language in use from 800 AD. to 1300 AD.
  • Norse art, Scandinavian art of period 400 AD. to 1066 AD. and sometimes of the pre-historic period 1700 BC. to 500 BC.
  • "Norselands", a fictional land in the Age of Mythology computer game series
  • the inhabitants of Norsca, a fictional land in the Warhammer Fantasy game setting

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Norse mythology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4435 words)
Norse or Scandinavian mythology refers to the pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian people, including those who settled on Iceland, where the written sources for Norse mythology were assembled.
This priestly role of the king was in line with the general role of godi, who was the head of a kindred group of families (for this social structure, see norse clans), and who administered the sacrifices.
Norse mythology also influenced Richard Wagner's use of literary themes from it to compose the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).
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