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Guy Farrish
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Old English and Old Norse shared many similarities and while far from being the same language, there has been considerable discussion about the extent to which they may have been mutually intelligible – both Germanic root and not that far from a common ancestor. Probably (wild conjecture is my source for this) as mutually comprehensible as Northumbrian Angle based English and Wessex Jutish/Saxon would have been at the time?

Here is an easily accessible paper on it with a nice bibliography to follow if anyone feels inclined.

Old English and Old Norse