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Author: Mathias Nordvig and Daniel Farrand

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In this podcast Dr Mathias Nordvig (Nordic Studies Professor at University Colorado Boulder) and Daniel Farrand (Co-owner of Horns of Odin) sit down and discuss various topics from the Viking Age and Norse Mythology.
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This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Varg Saastad, the lead guitarist and master of many instruments  in the folk rock band Vǫluspá. We've spoken with Varg's partner  Sól Geirsdóttir, perhaps better known by her internet moniker: "The Viking Queen," back in episode 59 (which is also a great listen). Together with the boys Varg will be delving into the personal journey his music has taken him on, as well as his upcoming projects, including a song about Heimdall which features every instrument he knows how to play. That's frankly just a bonkers feat of complexity we can't hope to match!  Check out Vǫluspá's music at: Spotify.com/artist/04sNuGpenIU7aYWLTycRN7You can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastIf you would like to join our bi-weekly watch-alongs where Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings, or get access to our special Storytime episodes covering the saga literature, then all you have to do is join our Patron. Seriously, we would love to have you, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
 This week  Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Helena Hals, perhaps better known by her internet moniker Viking Helena. Helena is a historian and author known for her hands-on approach to exploring Iron Age Norway. Together with the boys she'll be discussing the history of the Sámi tribes in Northern Norway, which is a subject we have not really touched on before in the show, but are really excited to get into. Will the topic be fascinating enough to finally make Dan listen to an episode of the show? Well, it's complicated.If you would like to get your hands on Helena's book about how an Iron Age village actually functioned you can find it at: Vikingsofthenorth.com/storeJust enter the code: "NORDICMYTHOLOGY" at checkout for a special discount for listeners of our show, the code is valid for the whole month of September!You can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastIf you would like to join our bi-weekly watch-alongs where Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings, or get access to our special Storytime episodes covering the saga literature, then all you have to do is join our Patron. Seriously, we would love to have you, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
 We are headed back to the good old days this week on NMP as Mathias and Daniel sit down with Gustav Holberg and Kjell Braaten , two of the OG musicians who helped start the genre we now know as, "Viking Music." Together with the boys they'll be sharing stories of their humble beginnings at a millenium new years party, and marveling at how huge the scene has become propelled by bands like Wardruna and Heilung.  How did we get here from there? Well, it's complicated.If you would like to listen to Gustav's experiments with psychedelic electro-folk you can find his stuff over at: Astralsynergy.comAnd if you would like to purchase Kjell's latest album or listen to some of his and Gustav's older stuff both can be found at: Kjellbraaten.bandcamp.comYou can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastIf you would like to join our bi-weekly watch-alongs where Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings, or get access to our special Storytime episodes covering the saga literature, then all you have to do is join our Patron. Seriously, we would love to have you, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
It's getting spooky this week as Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Rich Blackett, The chair of Asatru Uk,  to discuss all things Zombie in the saga literature . Together with the boys Rich will be delving into every mention of Drauger, who it turns out are not just a random mob found in the bowels of Skyrim. What exactly are they and where do they come from? Well, it's complicated...If you would like to learn more about the Asatru Uk, or tell Rich the origin of that Havamal translation he's been after for a decade, you can find both at: www.facebook.com/groups/AsatruUKYou can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastIf you would like to join our bi-weekly watch-alongs where Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings, or get access to our special Storytime episodes covering the saga literature, then all you have to do is join our Patron. Seriously, we would love to have you, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Hamish Findlay of Pictavia Leather to discuss the history of the Picts in Scotland. Pictish history spans 900 years and has numerous historical intersections with both the Romans and the Vikings. Together with the boys Hamish will be digging into all the weird theories of how the Picts came to be and what eventually became of them; as well as trying to disabuse the harmful stereotype of the blue painted savage.  Will we get through all of that in just over an hour? Well, it's complicated...If you would like to learn more about the Picts, or see Hamish in one of his numerous television appearances you can find both at: www.pictavialeather.co.ukYou can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
 It's finally happening! This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with podcaster and comedian Shayne Smith, as well as the one and only Ed Gamester, with one goal and one goal only: Finish reading the Hávamál or die in the attempt!Will they succeed, and what (if any) timeless wisdom will they have gained by the end of this 3 episode spanning epic? Well, it's complicated… If you would like to hear more from Shayne you can always find out what he's up to at: Shaynesmithcomedy.comAnd if you would like to ride the coattails of the madness that is Ed Gamester he can be found at: Instagram.com/edgamesterYou can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Dr. Martin Findell, who quite literally wrote the book on Runes!  Martin has been one of our most requested guests and together with the boys he'll be going over everything from Bracteate, to the iconic Ulfbert swords, and beyond. In true NMP style there will also be a full roundup of the truth behind popular runic misconceptions, so be prepared for things to get complicated in the best possible way! If you would like to buy a copy of Martin's book, and support the show at the same time you can find a copy at: Hornsofodin.com/products/rune-martin-findellDon't forget to use the code, "Horns10" at checkout for 10% off!You can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week on NMP we are so excited to have one of our dream guests!  Mathias and Daniel  are sitting down with none other than professor Terry Gunnell; in fact Dan was so excited that he read his first ever academic article in preparation (we're so proud). Terry is a well known expert in Nordic and Icelandic folklore, who has also written many of the crew at NMP's favorite books, and even taught Mathias a few times! Together with the boys Terry will be talking about the Prose Edda, specifically why the text places so much significance on Odin. Is he really the head of the pantheon, or was Thor perhaps the real All-Father all along? Well, it's complicated...If you're inspired by Daniel and would like to read more of Terry's work you can find it at: Academia.edu/TerryGunnellYou can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week we are trying something new on NMP! Entirely on purpose (and not at all due to a scheduling snafu) Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Rune Rasmussen from the Nordic Animism Youtube channel, Jonas Lorentzen from the band Nebala, and Eco-Philosopher and co-founder of Matr Food Naina Eira. Together this distinguished group will be talking about Rune's latest project, and more specifically the Raven Flag he has created as a symbol for the contemporary bond between animism and nature. This is both our longest episode ever, and our first panel discussion, so bear with us because it's going to get complicated fast!If you would like to see Rune's own video on the Raven Flag you can find it here.If you would like to learn more about the Northman movie that Jonas will be appearing in later this year find out more here!And if you would like to hear more of Naina's amazing insight or just look at pictures of her amazing food you can find both at: Instagram.com/nainaeiraYou can also find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Anatoly Pahlenko one of the founders of the amazing band Nytt Land to talk about the Rus Vikings, as well as the bands most recent album: Ritual. Little known fact: Anatoly and his wife are both history students making him uniquely suited to discussing the Rus and Viking influence on one another. Also a lot of to-do will be made about what exactly we should call this genre that Nytt Land and Wardruna occupy, it turns out it's really complicated.If you would like to check out Nytt Land's new album you can find it at: Nyttland.bandcamp.com/album/ritualAlso, Mathias recently wrote a book about volcanoes and their effect on Nordic Mythology which you can find it at: aup.nl/en/book/9781641892926/volcanoes-in-old-norse-mythologyYou can find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Tanya Lind, a modern day Völva of the Icelandic tradition. Together with the boys she'll be discussing the roots of her practice starting with Völuspá in the Poetic Edda and contrasting with her own contemporary experiences. Also, Dan discusses his childhood fear of ghosts, and a guest appearance by a cat wearing a loud bell (it goes away quickly, don't worry). Are those two things related? Well, it's complicated...If you would like to learn more about the organization Tanya mentioned, Heathen Women United, you can find out more at: Heathenwomenunited.orgMathias also recently wrote a book about volcanoes and their effect on Nordic Mythology which you can find it at: aup.nl/en/book/9781641892926/volcanoes-in-old-norse-mythologyYou can find us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with one of our most requested scholarly guests Dr Leszek Gardeła! Leszek is an archeologist who holds a PHD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and is an expert on women’s graves dating from the 9th and 10th Century in Denmark, Norway and Sweden that contain weaponry. Together with the boys he'll be discussing the idea of Shield Maidens, as well as his upcoming book Women and Weapons in the Viking World: Amazons of the North. How does the contemporary idea line up with the historical reality? One thing we know for sure it's bound to get complicated!If you would like to order Leszek's book you can find it at: www.amazon.com/Women-Weapons-Viking-World-Amazons/dp/1789256658Also Mathias recently wrote a book about volcanoes and their effect on Nordic Mythology which you can find it at: aup.nl/en/book/9781641892926/volcanoes-in-old-norse-mythologyCheck out our Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with a man who needs no introduction, the amazing Einar Selvik! Last time Einar was on it was to talk about the music he had created for the just released Assassin's Creed Valhalla. This time he's here to talk about the success of Wardruna's latest album, which debuted to an amazing reception back in January. Kvitravn, as the album is called, is the third instalment and culmination of a 15 year musical journey for Einar and the boys are so delighted to talk with him about it! Other topics include the historical roots of Midsummer and favorite flavors of ice cream. If you would like to get a copy of Kvitravn for yourself you can find it at: wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_AlbumAnd if you would like to buy Mathias's new book you can find it at: aup.nl/en/book/9781641892926/volcanoes-in-old-norse-mythologyAlso check out our Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with the amazingly talented hand poke tattoo artist Hrafnhildur in order to discuss the Icelandic Runestaves. In the current climate of Viking fever these runestaves have become highly requested tattoos, but do they really have any connection with Vikings at all? Also, where does she weigh in on our long standing debate of whether Vikings were tattooed or not? The answers will no doubt be complicated.If you would like to see more of Hrafnhildur's amazing art check out her website: habbanerotattoo.comAnd if you would like to buy Mathias's book you can find it at: aup.nl/en/book/9781641892926/volcanoes-in-old-norse-mythologyAlso check out our Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Mario aka Travelers Spear to talk about his unique path to Heathenry.  Mario is an african american and US army veteran. Together with the boys he'll be discussing the popularity of Viking symbols in the military, the picture stones on the Island of Gotland, and possible interpretations of the Völuspá from the poetic Edda. It's a good time and the answers promise to be as amusing as they are complicated!If you would like to see more of Mario follow him on instagram at: www.instagram.com/TravellersspearWhile you're there check out our Instagram at: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Maria Franz whose iconic headdress has become the symbol of the amazing band Heilung! We previously spoke with all the members of Heilung back in Episode 57, which is itself a great listen if you want to check it out. Maria and the boys will be discussing the Viking fairs she grew up with, her history with LARP, and the bands upcoming tour locations and dates. Also, there's a whole thing about cats in the Viking age, don't ask, it's complicated.If you would like to listen to Heilung's music you can find it at: heilung.bandcamp.com/musicIf you want to read the article about cats you can find it here.Check out our Instagram: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with Shachar Orlinski, a PHD student at the Hebrew university of Jerusalem whose study is concentrated on human trafficking in the Viking and Merovingian period. It's a hard topic to tackle but hopefully with Shachar's help we'll all walk away from the discussion a little bit wiser. Other topics this week include Heimdalls golden teeth, and our new favorite Youtube comment! If you would like to check out some of Shachar's academic writing you can find that here: Shamash.academia.edu/ShacharOrlinskiAlso check out our Instagram: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down with swedish folklorist Tommy Kuusela to discuss the diverse and highly entertaining folklore of Scandinavia. Complicated questions answered this week include: What is the difference between mythology and folklore? Why do so many animals in folklore turn into sexy ladies? And Dan's most pressing question: how accurate are the little plastic troll dolls to actual folklore depictions? Why was this his most pressing question? Well, it's complicated.If you would like read more of Tommy's writing you can find articles he has written over at: folklorethursday.com/author/tommykuuselaAlso check out our Instagram: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!
Mathias and Daniel are delighted to be sitting down again this week with Dr. Ruarigh Dale in what is shaping up to be an unofficial three part saga.  You might remember Ruarigh from his last appearance on the podcast where he spoke at length about The Danelaw Saga, a subject he quite literally wrote the book on. This week though he's here to talk about one thing and one thing only and that is the role of the Berserker in the saga literature and medieval Viking society. Were berserker's more akin to a kings champion? Why has the idea of a battle mad warrior so grabbed the attention of storytellers through the ages? And what is the berserker strut and why should we call it that? The complicated answers to these questions and many more on this week's episode!If you would like to check out or help support Ruarigh's ongoing World-Tree Project you can find it at: worldtreeproject.wordpress.comAlso check out our Instagram: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
 It's always fun to have returning guests! This week Mathias and Daniel are sitting down for the second time with Andrew Saulf aka The Seawolf. In the world of Viking themed music Andrew has a unique angle producing more chilled out low-fi tacks which he jokingly describes as: "chill viking beats to study to." If you listen carefully you may even hear a familiar voice on one of the tracks of his new Album Niflheim!Also There was a blizzard going on in Colorado during recording, so Mathias's audio this week is pretty bad. Thanks in advance for bearing with us. If you would like to listen to Andrew's new album you can find it at: spotify.com/album/5IkwPsfcPB7aN7rNKtqv9SYou can learn more about his unique musical approach at:  instagram.com/low.vi.musicAlso check out our Instagram: www.instagram.com/nordicmythologypodcastAnd if you like what we do, and would like to be in the audience for live streams of new episodes to ask questions please consider supporting us on Patreon:www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcastWe've also reached our goal of 100 Patrons and are starting a new show where our hosts Mathias and Daniel watch and commentate along with the popular series Vikings! If you would like to be in the audience and have your questions answered live then all you have to do is become a Patron, the more the merrier!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NordicMythologyPodcast)
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David Pereira

Hi amazing podcast, I just saw the ep 12 about Ragnarok, and I have a question ... Who is Vidarr? I saw on the internet that he participates in the battle and he kills the wolf (revenge for having eaten Odin).

Mar 24th
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melanie Antmann

I listened to this entire podcast in a week! I'm absolutely in love with the teachings and the teachers in this podcast. I'm totally re-listening to the whole podcast with my son.

Nov 15th
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Reno Randall

I'm In the USA my family heritage is Irish .. and are family starie says we was Celtic and viking... can that be true? was there Irish that was vikings??

May 18th
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K Wolin

Thank you so much for creating this podcast with someone who is a professional in this field! Majority of my ancestors are from Scandinavia and I've been extremely interested in what their way of life and their religion was before Christianity arrived and even what they did to still practice the religion while Christianity was taking over. Thank you!

Apr 9th
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Raleigh Barfoot

I love this podcast gives greater insight to our ancestors

Feb 8th
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minumoto

my last name is Yule, I can't wait to listen to this.

Jan 11th
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