Old Norse Pronounciation

You will see old Norse names and words written with various accents and such. This page gives you an idea of how the words should be pronounced.

OLD NORSE
a – as in “law”
á – as in “father”
e – as i in “gin”
é – as ay in “day”
i – as in “is”
í – ee as in “speed”
o – as in “omit”
ó – as in “owe”
Ø, ö – as in “not”
u – oo, as in “soot”
ú – oo, as in “droop”
y – u, as in French tu
ý – u, as in German Tür
ae – e as in “get”
au – ou as in “house”
ei – ay as in “day”
ey – as in ei
dh – a soft th as in “leather”
f – pronounced as English initially, as English v in medial and final positions.
g – hard as in “give”
j – always as English y
ng – as in “sing”
r – trilled; r on the end of the word is not given an extra syllabe.
s – always voiceless, as in “blast”
th – as in “thorn”
z – pronounced as ts (as in German)

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