Recommended Books

Here are all the books we've been reading on the show as well as books we've referenced as influences or written by guests. 
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 Poetic Edda

This show was created to explore the Poetic Edda, the best source of the original poetry of Norse Mythology.
We recommend the following translations to follow along with us and supplement the show.  

Jackson Crawford Translation

We are very happy to be reading Dr. Jackson Crawford's translation of the Poetic Edda. His translation is modern, readable, and easy to understand. We recommend it whole-heartedly to follow along with us in our episodes about the Poetic Edda. It is also available in an excellent audiobook, read by the author (who actually pronounces everything properly). 

Carolyne Larrington Translation

Dr. Carolyne Larrington was on the podcast for Episode 17. Her translation is excellent and readable, and we both use it to supplement our preparation for our episodes. We reference the Larrington translation when it provides a good contrast to the Crawford translation. We recommend it highly if you'd like to have access to more than one translation to gain even more insight into the Poetic Edda. 


The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland, telling the stories of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Lemminkäinen and Ilmarinen,
tales of the Sampo, the distant lands of Pohjola, and Kaleva's wide heathlands.
Follow along with us as we explore the Kalevala with one of the following translations! 

W.F. Kirby Translation

This is the translation we're reading on the show. It's available for free on Kindle and on other websites. For its age, it is very readable and compelling, and it is the same translation that J.R.R. Tolkien read before he wrote the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. 

Keith Bosley Translation 

This is a modern translation from 1989. This is probably the most popular English translation of the Kalevala, and we recommend it if you'd like an alternative to the Kirby translation. 

 Archetypal Narrative and Psychology

The catalyst for the creation of this show was the discovery of archetypal narrative and psychology through Dr. Jordan Peterson.
His books, and the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, form the foundation of the perspective that we approach the myths and legends from. 

Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson

Maps of Meaning is the foundational work of Dr. Jordan Peterson and the book that inspired the Northern Myths Podcast. If you want to know more about the archetypal ideas we talk about on the show, this is the best place to start. 

Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung 

Jungian psychology is the foundation of Dr. Peterson's work, so Dr. Carl Jung's books are the natural next step if you'd like to know more about archetypal psychology. Man and his Symbols is perhaps the best introduction to many of the symbols we discuss. Other excellent books by Jung include The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, its sequel Aion, and Modern Man in Search of a Soul

The Hero with A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell was a professor of literature who worked in comparative religion and comparative mythology. The Hero with a Thousand Faces describes the universal hero story, the Monomyth, found in almost every culture. We also recommend The Power of Myth.

Origins and History of Consciousness - Erich Neumann

Erich Neumann was a student of Carl Jung and The Origins and History of Consciousness is an excellent summary of Jung's work as compiled and built upon by Neumann. We also recommend The Great Mother, the best description of the complex myth of the Great Mother, one of the most important archetypes in myth. 

Comparative Religion

We draw much of our symbolic analysis from comparison with other mythologies and religions.
The field of comparative religion has been invaluable to us to make connections and, as a result, present more confident interpretations of the northern myths. 

History of Religious Ideas by Mircea Eliade

Mircea Eliade is a Romanian historian of religion. He has published many books on the subject, with his most complete work being the History of Religious ideas in 3 volumes. Also recommended by Eliade are The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion, and Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy.

The Masks of God by Joseph Campbell 

Joseph Campbell, as well as his psychological work, has also produced an excellent summary of world religions in his Masks of God series. There are 4 parts to this series, Primitive Mythology, Oriental Mythology, Occidental Mythology, and Creative Mythology

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

The reason we are exploring the myths is to find out how can apply their lessons to our lives today. In other words, we are trying to find ways we can improve how we live.
Jocko Willink and Leif Babin have discovered many of the same lessons through experience. We are inspired by Jocko and Leif, and they are just as influential to us as Dr. Jordan Peterson.
Their two books, Extreme Ownership and the Dichotomy of Leadership, are both excellent and we recommend them highly. 

Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership is the collection of lessons by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin from their time in the Navy SEALS. 

The Dichotomy of Leadership

The follow up book to Extreme Ownership focuses on the concept of the Dichotomy of Leadership. 

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