Originally Posted by Aztec
He's supposed to be Norse. Why in the world would he speak "Shakespearean English"? So silly.
Exactly. Vikings didn't even speak English (because they were from Scandinavia,
not Great Britain) and went into decline centuries before Shakesperean dialect even became prominent in England. The Shakespearean dialogue in the comics was only there because the writers knew that it sounded "olde tymey," and assumed that the kids reading the books were too ignorant about ancient history to think beyond "that's how people used to talk."