The North Germanic languages show a number of features that differentiate
them from other Germanic languages. Even though some of these features run
parallel to the neighboring Saamic languages, any influence Saamic may have
had on North Germanic has mostly been categorically denied in the past.
This has mainly been caused by the stigmatization of the Saami during the
19th and early 20th centuries.
The present study does not only attempt to trace various North Germanic
features back to influences caused by Saamic interference, but also to show
that the spreading of these features was also possible from a
sociolinguistic perspective. In this, the focus lies particularly on the
relationship between the Saamic and Germanic population during the period
of Common North-Germanic. Among other things, the representation of the
Saami in Old Norse literature as well as the possibility of Saamic
influence on North Germanic mythology are treated.