Jackson Crawford

Linguist / Writer

My expertise is in the Scandinavian languages and their history. As of the school year 2015-16, I have joined the faculty of the Department of Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley.

During 2011--14, I taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Scandinavian Studies full-time at the University of California, Los Angeles. I earned my Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia.

I have made many contributions to popular culture. I am credited in Disney's Frozen for the runes and spoken Old Norse I wrote for that film, and I have also appeared several times on shows on the History channel.

I have published original research and creative writing in both English and Norwegian. My translation of the Poetic Edda, our main source for the myths of the Norse gods, was published this year by Hackett Publishing Company, and my translation of the Saga of the Volsungs and Ragnar Lothbrok is forthcoming from the same press.

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Recent Highlights

Videos about Norse Language & Myth
Dr. Jackson Crawford teaches at UC Berkeley (previously UCLA). He has translated the Poetic Edda and is credited in Disney's Frozen.
Linguist Takes Thor's Hammer To Crusty Translations Of Viking Poetry
Bleikr, Gulr, and the Categorization of Color in Old Norse


The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
Blåe og svarte augo: skipnaden av fargeuttrykk i norrønt
The classification of color in Old Norse.
Old Norse-Icelandic (þú) est and (þú) ert
Regional variation in an Old Norse verb.
Voluspå (Moderne nynorsk)
My translation of the Old Norse poem Voluspa into Modern Norwegian (Nynorsk).
The Cowboy Havamal
An Old Norse poem rendered in Western dialect.
The Historical Development of Basic Color Terms in Old Norse-Icelandic
My dissertation on the classification of color perception in Old Norse.

Television and Movies

I wrote the runic texts, as well as the spoken Old Norse in the coronation scene, for Disney's Frozen.
Vikings: A Warrior Society
Featured expert in this documentary included in the Vikings season 2 DVD set.
Go for Broke
Featured expert on an episode of "America's Secret Slang" discussing the influence of Old Norse on the English language.


RateMyProfessors: Jackson Crawford at Berkeley
RateMyProfessors: Jackson Crawford at UCLA
Modern Icelandic gets warm reception as latest Berkeley language
Modern Icelandic is a language spoken fluently by about 320,000 of the world's more than 7 billion inhabitants, and now more maybe be speaking it as UC Berkeley offers it as a...

Social Media Engagement

Olav H. Hauge
More than 19,000 people follow my Facebook fan page for Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge, where I share a poem by him every day.
Tattúínárdǿla saga: If Star Wars Were an Icelandic Saga
A long time ago, in a North Atlantic far far away...

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