Dr. Jackson Crawford returns to the Northern Myths Podcast to tell us about his Wanderer's Havamal. We discuss his involvement with the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and other exciting projects Dr. Crawford is working on. In our discussion of the Havamal, we hear why Dr. Crawford finds this wisdom so timeless, and we find out some interesting new things about Yggdrasil and the runes!

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Show Outline (YouTube timestamps):

00:00:00 - Opening and Introduction
00:04:27 - Dr. Jackson Crawford Calls In
00:05:25 - Assassin's Creed Valhalla
00:09:33 - The age and dating of the Poetic Edda
00:15:00 - The number of versions of the Havamal
00:20:23 - Introduction to the Wanderer's Havamal
00:23:01 - Dr. Crawford's Great Courses class on Norse Mythology
00:26:07 - The origins of Dr. Crawford's Poetic Edda translation
00:27:46 - The runes and spells in the Havamal
00:34:05 - The tree Odin hangs on and the origins of "Yggdrasil"
00:48:12 - The runes, Odin, and sacrifice
00:52:42 - The significance of Havamal
01:01:40 - Odin as the archetypal wise man of Norse Mythology
01:05:30 - Star Wars as a modern day Saga
01:08:14 - Dr. Crawford's current projects and upcoming books
01:13:35 - Closing and Acknowledgements

Referenced sources (signup required to download from academia.edu):
In Prayer and Laughter - Anatoly Liberman
Contradictory cosmology in Old Norse myth and religion – but still a system? - Eldar Heide

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