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An archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe.

An archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe.

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An archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe.

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English


Episodes

46: Rígsþula - The Lay of Rig from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology

5/22/2019
In this episode we cover Rígsþula, or the Lay of Rig, from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology. We hear how Heimdall, going by Rig, visits 3 couples representing the classes of slaves, free men, and lords, and helps them to reproduce. Their divine children illustrate how the classes of men in the viking age would have lived, and we see how society would have developed from agricultural tribes to thriving kingdoms. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and...

Duration:02:17:47

45: Viking Age Podcast's Lee Accomando

5/15/2019
We are joined by Lee Accomando, host of the Viking Age Podcast! His show is one of the longest running Norse/Viking themed shows, and he certainly paved the way for us in a lot of ways so we're excited to have him on! We had a great discussion, talking about how his podcast has developed over the years and hearing some of his favorite stories, including the discovery of Iceland and some of the exploits of Gunnhild, Mother of Kings. You can find the Viking Age Podcast and all of Lee's social...

Duration:01:06:57

44: Kalevala Runo 9 - The Origin of Iron

5/8/2019
In this episode we return to the Kalevala with Kalevala Runo 9 - The Origin of Iron. Väinämöinen is being healed by the old man he met at the end of the last Runo, and they discuss the mythological origin of iron. This poem deals with the development of technology, both through the development of refining iron into steel and subsequently into tools and weapons, as well as the development of methods of healing! This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and...

Duration:02:14:45

43: Interview with Saga Thing

5/1/2019
In this episode we interview the hosts of the Saga Thing podcast, one of the longest running shows in the Norse/Viking space and a show that we personally enjoy very much. We had an entertaining talk, and a few times where they really made us think about the nature of the literature we all enjoy. Check out Saga Thing's website for more information about their show: https://sagathingpodcast.wordpress.com/ Saga Thing iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/saga-thing/id721349054 This...

Duration:01:24:15

42: Baldrs Draumar or Baldr's Dreams from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology

4/24/2019
We return to the story of the Death of Baldr through the famous poem Baldrs Draumar, or Baldr's Dreams, where Odin rides down into the underworld to find out why his son Baldr is having bad dreams about his death. We dive into the symbolism behind Baldr and what he and his death represent, and the ways the different versions of the story can change the meaning. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse...

Duration:01:55:21

41: Kalevala Runo 8 - Väinämöinen's Wound

4/10/2019
We continue our series on the Kalevala with Runo 8 - Väinämöinen's Wound. Väinämöinen gets distracted on his way home from Pohjola when he sees a maiden of Pohja. She makes him complete seemingly impossible challenges in order to win her hand in marriage, and Väinämöinen makes a potentially grave mistake! The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala...

Duration:01:44:55

40: Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings Podcast Returns

4/3/2019
Our good friend Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings podcast joins us for the second time on the anniversary of his podcast! We talk about some of his favorite experiences from his first year of podcasting, including visiting the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, UK. Noah has recently published a book, The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide. We'll provide a link below. We had a problem with our end of the audio which we only discovered after the interview. We did our best to fix it up but it's...

Duration:00:55:32

39: Alvissmal - The Words of All-Wise from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology

3/27/2019
In this episode we read Alvissmal, or the Words of All-Wise, from the Poetic Edda. The dwarf Alvis (or All-Wise) visits Thor's hall to bring back Thor's daughter as his bride, and Thor acts very un-Thor-like as he deals with this unwelcome guest! This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern...

Duration:01:22:03

38: Kalevala Runo 7 - Väinämöinen and Louhi

3/13/2019
Väinämöinen has been shot down into the sea by Joukahainen. Where he goes from there and who he meets will set the biggest story of the Kalevala in motion. Join us as we find out what happens with Väinämöinen and when he meets Louhi, the mistress of Pohjola. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here:...

Duration:01:53:56

37: Interview with Siobhan Clark of the Myth Legend & Lore Podcast

2/13/2019
We are joined for the second time by Siobhan Clark, author of Children of Midgard and host of the Myth Legend & Lore podcast. We discuss the folklore of Scotland, especially the Shetland and Orkney islands, including the Finfolk, Kelpies, and Selkies, as well as the Norse influence on the region and the importance of great stories in our childhoods. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the...

Duration:01:07:08

36: Völundarkviða - The Escape of Volund the Smith from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology

2/6/2019
Hear how Volund is captured by the evil king Nithuth, and how he gets his revenge. We explore themes relating to society and technology, and the dangers of unconsciousness and resentment. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon The Poetic Edda is the primary original...

Duration:02:07:09

35: Kalevala Runo 6 - Joukahainen's Crossbow

1/16/2019
This is the conclusion of the story of Joukahainen, and this poem wraps up some of the themes which started in the Runos 3 to 5. As Väinämöinen travels toward new adventures in Pohjola, Joukahainen is consumed with resentment and directs his anger towards Väinämöinen. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on...

Duration:01:36:13

34: Yule Special and 2018 Year in Review

1/2/2019
In this episode we cover some of the history and traditions of Yule, the pre-Christian midwinter festival of the Norse and Germanic peoples. We discuss the timing of Yule based on the phases of the moon, Odin's Wild Hunt, the child-eating character Krampus, as well as Finnish traditions around the Christmas season. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd...

Duration:01:33:42

33: Thrymskvida - The Lay of Thrym or the Theft of Mjolnir from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology

12/19/2018
This humorous story involves Thor, Loki, and Freya retrieving a stolen Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, from the giant Thrym. Among other things, Thor gets dressed up in a wedding dress and nearly gets married to Thrym. Will it all be worth it? This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths...

Duration:01:35:41

32: Kalevala Runo 5 - Väinämöinen's Fishing

12/12/2018
This is a story about moving on after a period of grief. In the aftermath of the Fate of Aino, Väinämöinen struggles to come to terms with the loss of his betrothed. We also explore the symbolic parallels to how society treats its younger generations. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here:...

Duration:01:39:22

31: Lokasenna - The Flyting of Loki from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology

11/24/2018
The Gods hold a feast in the hall of Aegir! Everyone is there! Odin, Frigg, Freyr, Freya, Njord, Vidar. Everyone but Thor. Loki is there too. And Loki is full of bitterness and hatred. This famous poem is the rap battle of the Gods. Will Loki put the Gods in their place, or will the Gods exact their punishment on the trickster? Find out with us as we read Lokasenna! This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse...

Duration:03:08:13

30: Interview with Einar Selvik of Wardruna

11/10/2018
We are joined by Einar Selvik of Norwegian band Wardruna! We discuss the influences behind Einar's music, the way he brings relevant elements of the past into the present through his work, and his upcoming projects including Wardruna's upcoming album, Skald! Wardruna's Website: http://www.wardruna.com/ Wardruna - Voluspá Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UPUPDo20nM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wardruna/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wardruna This is the Northern...

Duration:00:45:13

29: Kalevala Runo 4 - The Fate of Aino

10/27/2018
In Kalevala Runo 4 we read about the Fate of Aino, who was promised to marry Väinämöinen by her brother Joukahainen. This episode includes discussion of serious topics including depression and suicide. If you need help, you can reach out to someone at 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to...

Duration:02:45:53

28: Interview with Heri Joensen of Faroese Metal Band Týr

10/20/2018
We are joined by Heri Joensen of the Faroese metal band Týr. We discuss the mythological and traditional inspirations of the band, themes in Týr's albums, and the importance of mythology in the modern world. This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon If you enjoyed this...

Duration:01:09:25

27: Havamal Part 6 - Stanzas 138-164 - Odin Sacrifices Himself on the World Tree to Win the Runes

10/13/2018
We conclude our series on the Havamal and we cover one of the most important stories of Norse Mythology: Odin's sacrifice on the world tree to win the runes! This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and...

Duration:02:51:43