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Old Norse
dǫnsk tunga, dansk tunga ("Danish tongue"), norrœnt mál ("Norse language")
RegionNordic countries, Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Isle of Man, Normandy, Vinland, the Volga and places in-between
Eradeveloped into the various North Germanic languages by the 14th century
Language family
Writing systemRunic, later Latin (Old Norse alphabet)
Language codes
ISO 639-2non
ISO 639-3non

Old Norse is a Germanic language that was spoken in Scandinavia, during the Viking Age, until about year 1300. It was also spoken in Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Orkney Islands and other places, where Scandinavians started settlements (similar to colonies).

Modern Icelandic is the modern language, that looks most like Old Norse, when written. Another language, similar to Old Norse, is Elfdalian. Swedish, Danish, Faroese, and Norwegian also come from Old Norse.

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