FAQs

I have made three FAQ videos: FAQs 2017, FAQs 2017: Appendix (about Viking movies/games/music, etc.), and FAQs 2018. And of course, many of my videos are made in response to questions that I frequently receive. But here are some of the most frequent.

Translations

Will you translate a text into Old Norse and/or runes for me?

Due to the overwhelming number of these requests I receive every day, I am not able to respond to most of them. I accept very small requests at certain times from Patreon supporters, and may accept requests in conjunction with being paid on a larger project such as film and television show consulting. In the latter circumstances, if I agree to take on a job, my rates are:

One-time short translation jobs (59 words or less) or one-time short consultation jobs (one hour or less): $500 flat fee, payable up front.

For long-term consulting and translation projects (film, television, video games): My rate is $255/hr, with a minimum retainer of 10 hours ($2,550.00) payable up front. I would also accept payment for a 15-hour retainer at the discounted rate of $235.00/hr. ($3,525 payable up front) or a 20-hour retainer at the discounted rate of $215.00/hr ($4,300 payable up front).

Public speaking: By hourly rate, $255/hr, with a minimum fee of $382.50 (equals approx. one hour and a half of work) plus any associated fees from travel and/or parking.

Books

I can’t access Amazon in my country, or I choose to use an alternative to Amazon. Where else can I buy your books?

Many booksellers can order the books directly from my publisher, Hackett Publishing Company, and in many countries you can visit their site to order directly from them as well. If you are in Europe, you can also order my books from Grimfrost.

How can I get an autographed book?

At this time, we don’t have an easy mechanism set up for distributing autographed books except at public talks and events. Any such events will be announced on my Youtube channel.

Classes

I’m not a University of Colorado student. Can I take one of your classes?

At this time we do not have the ability to accept students from outside the University of Colorado system in the classroom, unless they are formally enrolled through the registrar by some means.

Do you offer online classes?

Not at this time. If that ever changes, it will be announced on the Youtube channel.

Old Norse and Norse Mythology

I don’t attend a university where classes are offered. How can I learn Old Norse (or Icelandic)?

I may eventually produce a textbook in Old Norse, but for the moment that is years away. In the meantime, I have a playlist of videos that introduce you to the basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation of Old Norse, and in the following video I explain what I think are the best materials for studying the language on your own.

I want to learn how to speak Old Norse conversationally, or use some conversational phrases in something I’m writing. Can you help with that?

By their nature, our written Old Norse sources are not full of normal, everyday conversation, but in the following two videos I explain some likely translations for the phrases people often want.

Can you recommend some good books for someone interested in your field?

See this video and the pinned comment below it.

Personal

Are you Ásatrú/pagan/heathen?

No, as discussed here and (in a little less detail) here.

What are your personal religious beliefs?

They are expressed by my fellow believer Ron Swanson here.

Why did you leave (Berkeley/UCLA)?

These were not long-term contracts. Although the public at large has not realized it, most instructional faculty at universities today are on temporary contracts.