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4.0 out of 5 stars
A good introduction, but not to be used alone., 22 Jun. 2007
I bought this book a couple of months ago and I am rather satisfied with how it has helped me in learning Old Norse (note that I am not using it in an Old Norse class). It goes through essentially all the grammar with a lot of the linguistic details. It is written basically for the beginner, although having some background knowledge on another Germanic language is helpful.
However, don't buy this book expecting readings and exercises. This book is basically a small textbook that goes through just the grammar. There is no glossary, and there are no practice or translation exercises to go through. The only practice given involves questions about solely the grammatical content. You would do well to buy this book and use it along with something like Kenneth Chapman's Graded Readings and Exercises in Old Icelandic (which is very useful for the beginner, if you can obtain it).
So, a book worth buying, although you should also buy the second book in this set (a reader) and a dictionary too. Again, do not expect a book with practice exercises and readings to translate.