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  • HEIMSKRINGLA is an online collection of Old Norse source material, primarily Eddas, sagas, and scaldic poetry, secondary background material and sources of Sámi culture.
  • HEIMSKRINGLA consists of some 7200 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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WE PRESENT: digitalized

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Nord i tåkeheimen –
Utforskningen av jordens nordlige strøk i tidlige tider

By Fridtjof Nansen, 1911.
Prior to the publication of his 'In Northern Mists', Nansen gave a grand lecture on the content of the book. It took place at the Science Society in Oslo. Among the audience were not only the country's leading historians, but also the Norwegian king. Nansen began the lecture with this warning: "It is not unlikely that many of my esteemed listeners will find that the conclusions I have reached regarding the historical reliability of several of the Icelandic sagas are sad; but I am sure that you all will agree with me that what is dearer to us than having an illustrious page in our history book is to know the truth."

WE PRESENT: on print

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Den nordiske Missionshistorie
By Hans Hammond

Den nordiske Missionshistorie i Nordlandene, Finmarken og Trondhiems amt tells the story of Norwegian pastor Thomas von Westen's missionary work among the Norwegian Samis in the early 1700s. This book is an important source not only for the mission and its history but also for the cultural encounter between the Sami people and the Norwegians, as it contains some of the first descriptions of traditional Sami religion as it was expressed in northern Norway in the 1700s. –

Read more about the book here or order it through Heimskringla Reprint.
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Special features

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  • E-Library: Links to some 400 books - all available online.
  • Gallery: Visit Heimskringla's gallery of historical sites etc.
  • 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.
Ongoing projects

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About the HEIMSKRINGLA-project and the people behind it

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The big overview

        1. Den ældre Edda
        2. Edda-lignende tekster
        3. Den yngre Edda (Snorres Edda)
        4. Skjaldekvad og rímur
        5. Islændingesagaer og fortællinger
     6. Samtidssagaer
     7. Kongesagaer I (Snorres)
     8. Kongesagaer II (Øvrige)
     9. Fornaldersagaer
     10. Helgensagaer (og religiøs litt.)
     11. Apostelsagaer
     12. Riddersagaer
     13. Bispesagaer
     14. Historiske værker
     15. Annaler
     16. Lovtekster
     17. Øvrige kildetekster
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.