This page is the one-stop area for all the Old Norse and unfamiliar words you’ve read in God’s Daughter.
You probably want to look up the pronunciations online, since I’m not entirely sure on all of them…I tend to apply a German accent to everything!
Glossary for GOD’S DAUGHTER:
Althing: Viking assemblies freemen could attend and discuss/settle legal issues. “The Althingi is the oldest extant parliamentary institution in the world” (Wikipedia), still in use in Iceland.
Berserker: Norse warriors who fought in an uncontrollable fury, allegedly wearing bear skins or wolf skins. The sagas record many of their incredible feats, such as biting shields and being fireproof.
Blaudur: Soft, weak, and womanly (as described in The Far-Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown, p 74)
Disir: Ruthless female spirits
Far: Literally: father
Forest Child: Illegitimate child
Gottesdottir: Literally: God’s Daughter
Hellir: Literally: cave
Hol: Literally: hole; hollow
Ja: Literally: yes
Modi: Literally: mother
Noaidi: Sami (Lapland) shamans
Skorungur: Woman who stirs up the fire. Compliment meaning brave-hearted, high-spirited, a survivor (as described in The Far-Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown, p 77)
Thralls: Literally: an unfree servant (slave)
Volva: Viking pagan seeress or holy woman
Yggdrasil: World-tree central in Norse mythology