Norse words in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle

By Albert Erikson Egge

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The ANGLO-SAXON CHRONICLE has come down to us in seven manuscripts of various length and importance, one of which, the Laud Manuscript, runs to the year 1154. about seventy-five years beyond the longest of the others. It therefor has the largest number of Norse words, especially in that part which extends beyond the time covered by the other manuscripts. It is supposed to have been written between the years 1121 and 1154. at Peterborough in Northamptonshire, where Scandinavians had settled thickly, and in the contemporary speech of that district, and it is therefore a good example of how the Norse speech was beginning to affect the English in that part of England where the Scandinavians were nu- merous. In this manuscript several Norse words are found very early, long be- fore they occur in the other manuscripts and before the Northern pirate invasions are known to have begun.