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February 13, 2019  

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

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We are happy to be 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. 

Books referenced in this episode:
John Gregorson Campbell - The Gaelic Otherworld
Reimund Kvideland & Henning K. Sehmsdorf - Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend
Geddes & Grosset - Celtic Mythology
James MacKinlay - Folklore of the Scottish Lochs and Springs

This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
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If you'd like to support the podcast we have a few ways you can do that. We have a webshop where you can purchase shirts and mugs, and we have a recommended books and recommended music page on our website. If you purchase anything through our website we receive a small portion as a part of Amazon's affiliate program.

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February 6, 2019  

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

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In this episode, we read Völundarkviða, or the story of the escape of Volund the smith. 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. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
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If you'd like to support the podcast and pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda Translated by Jackson Crawford

The video that we reference by Jonathan Pageau about the symbolism of the One Ring in the Lord of the Rings can be found here: https://youtu.be/QafvZZTtNpE

We reference the book The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff. It can be found here: https://amzn.to/2Gqtdkp

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January 16, 2019  

35: Kalevala Runo 6 - Joukahainen’s Crossbow

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In this episode of the Northern Myths Podcast we continue our series on the Kalevala with Runo 6 - Joukahainen's Crossbow. 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. 

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 describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Dan was thinking of Vladimir Lenin when he mentioned Karl Marx. 

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January 2, 2019  

34: Yule Special and 2018 Year in Review

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The Northern Myths Podcast covers some of the history and traditions of Yule, the pre-Christian midwinter festival of the Norse and Germanic peoples. We cover 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.

And, as 2018 draws to a close, we'd like to acknowledge many of the great folks who have supported us with our amazing journey, starting with all our wonderful guests who have been on the show this year!

A big thank you to:

Noah Tetzner - Host of the History of Vikings Podcast
Siobhan Clark - Author of Children of Midgard and Host of the Myths, Legends, and Lore Podcast
Professor Carolyne Larrington - Professor of Medieval European Literature at Oxford University and Translator of the Poetic Edda
Tuomas Rounakari of Shamanviolin and Korpiklaani
Eric Schumacher - Author of Hakon's Saga
Fjörn the Skald of the Fjörn's Hall Podcast and Blog
Jocko Willink and Leif Babin - Authors of Extreme Ownership and the Dichotomy of Leadership
Dr. Jackson Crawford - Translator of Old Norse Literature and Instructor and Director of Nordic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder
Heri Joensen of Tyr
Einar Selvik of Wardruna

You have all been a wonderful addition to our show and have given us some amazing conversations.

Also a big thanks to quite a few others:

Going Viking - a great page of Norse and Viking content that we're thrilled to be a part of.
Heathen Moon - Ryan and Amanda are great friends of the show with a fantastic web shop. We were recipients of some amazing rune sets. Check them out for some fantastic hand made products!
Viking Beard Co - An excellent source of beard products that we're happy to recommend!
Viking Age Podcast and the Saga Thing Podcast - Last but certainly not least, two of our predecessors who paved the way with the absolute standard for Viking and Norse themed podcasts. We're honoured to be mentioned in the same sentence or paragraph with these great shows and we recommend them highly!

Everyone else who we've been in touch with and in contact with, thank you so much for listening or watching and getting in touch! Thank you to everyone who has supported the show and made this an amazing experience. 2018 has been bigger than we could have ever imagined and we think 2019 will be even better!

Happy new year from Luke and Dan at the Northern Myths Podcast!

This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

If you'd like to support the podcast we have a few ways you can do that. We have a webshop where you can purchase shirts and mugs, and we have a recommended books and recommended music page on our website. If you purchase anything through our website we receive a small portion as a part of Amazon's affiliate program.

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December 19, 2018  

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

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We read Thrymskvida, the Lay of Thrym, also known as the Theft of Mjolnir. 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. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
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If you'd like to support the podcast and pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda Translated by Jackson Crawford

Show Outline:

0:00:00 - Introduction to Thrymskvida, The Lay of Thrym also known as the Theft of Mjolnir
0:05:27 - Stanzas 1-2: Thor wakes up to find Mjolnir missing! He asks Loki for help!
0:12:30 - Stanzas 3-6: Thor and Loki go to Freya to borrow her feather suit. Loki flies to Jotunheim in the suit.
0:22:10 - Stanzas 7-8: Thrym admits to Loki that he stole Mjolnir, and will only give it back if Freya will marry him
0:31:54 - Stanzas 9-11: Loki returns to Asgard and tells Thor the bad news
0:35:24 - Stanzas 12-13: Thor tells Freya to come with him to Jotunheim. She angrily refuses.
0:44:57 - Stanzas 14-16: The Gods have a conference. Heimdall suggests that Thor dress up as Freya and go to the wedding.
0:54:40 - Stanzas 17-20: Thor doesn't like Heimdall's idea. Loki tells him it's the only way.
1:01:34 - Stanzas 21-23: Thor and Loki travel to Jotunheim. Thrym welcomes them with a great feast.
1:09:44 - Stanzas 24-26: Thor eats a whole ox while pretending to be Freya. Loki lies to Thrym to keep from getting found out.
1:14:26 - Stanzas 27-28: Thrym lifts Thor's veil and sees Thor's fierce eyes. Loki covers Thor's tracks again.
1:17:05 - Stanzas 29-30: Thrym brings Mjolnir to bless the marriage and lays it on Thor's lap.
1:26:36 - Stanzas 31-32: Thor smashes all the giants with Mjolnir

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December 12, 2018  

32: Kalevala Runo 5 - Väinämöinen’s Fishing

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Join us as we read Kalevala Runo 5, Väinämöinen's Fishing. 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. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
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Show Outline:

0:00:00 - Introduction to Kalevala Runo 5 - Väinämöinen's Fishing. Recap of the Fate of Aino.
0:06:37 - Lines 01 - 12: Väinämöinen grieves over the passing of Aino. He did not mean for harm to come to her.
0:23:41 - Lines 13 - 34: Väinämöinen seeks the wisdom of Untamo, the spirit of sleep. Soul searching in the unconscious mind.
0:35:46 - Lines 35 - 72: Väinämöinen goes fishing and catches the most beautiful fish he's ever seen.
0:45:13 - Lines 73 - 144: The fish turns out to be Aino, and Väinämöinen asks her to return. She escapes, never to return.
1:09:15 - Lines 145 - 164: Väinämöinen tries to catch Aino again, and catches many other fish, but never Aino.
1:15:43 - Lines 165 - 191: Väinämöinen realizes the error of his ways and how he was at fault for the loss of Aino.
1:21:14 - Lines 192 - 241: Väinämöinen receives wisdom from his dead mother, who tells him to pursue the maids of Pohja.
1:32:59 - Recap of Kalevala Runo 5.

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November 24, 2018  

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

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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. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

If you'd like to support the podcast and pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: https://amzn.to/2MSwVTO

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
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If you'd like to support the podcast we have a few ways you can do that. We have a webshop where you can purchase shirts and mugs, and we have a recommended books and recommended music page on our website. If you purchase anything through our website we receive a small portion as a part of Amazon's affiliate program.

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November 10, 2018  

30: Interview with Einar Selvik of Wardruna

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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 Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

If you'd like to support the podcast we have a few ways you can do that. We have a webshop where you can purchase shirts and mugs, and we have a recommended books and recommended music page on our website. If you purchase anything through our website we receive a small portion as a part of Amazon's affiliate program.

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October 27, 2018  

29: Kalevala Runo 4 - The Fate of Aino

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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/

Kalevala Free Kindle Edition (W.F. Kirby Translation): http://a.co/3a0GHW1

This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

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October 20, 2018  

28: Interview with Heri Joensen of Faroese Metal Band Týr

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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.

If you enjoyed this interview you can get in touch with and follow Heri on Facebook and Twitter or check out his Patreon:
https://www.facebook.com/joensen.heri/
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Týr's Website:
http://www.tyr.fo/

This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe. Join us as we learn about Norse Mythology, Jungian Archetypes, and much more. Dan and Luke have a passion for mythology, and together we hope to explore these myths and legends and explain them in a way that can appeal to everyone in the modern world, and learn how to apply their lessons to everyday life.

Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show: 
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If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparitive religion, and more: https://www.northernmyths.com/p/recommended-books-1537495137/

We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop (please note, time remaining is until the next printing, everything will be available indefinitely): https://teespring.com/stores/Northern-Myths-Podcast

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