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Historical Worship of the Norse Gods with Dr. Terry Gunnell

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Today I chat with Dr. Terry Gunnell, Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland. We discuss the historical worship of the Norse gods and the evidence available for this in literature, archeology, and runic inscriptions. 

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Gunnell’s Books & More of His Work

Eitri – The Norse Artifacts Database

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Recommended Articles by Ancient History Encyclopedia:

Norse Ghosts & the Afterlife

Norse Ghosts & Funerary Rites

Norse-Viking Symbols & Meanings

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The Life & Legend of Ragnar Lothbrok with Dr. Elizabeth Ashman Rowe

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Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Elizabeth Ashman Rowe of Cambridge University about the life and legend of Ragnar Lothbrok. In this episode, we discuss historical sources for his life and how studying him can contribute to a greater understanding of the Viking Age.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Vikings in the West: The Legend of Ragnarr Lodbrok and His Sons

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

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The Life & Work of Snorri Sturluson with Dr. Vésteinn Ólason

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Today I chat with Dr. Vésteinn Ólason former director of the Arni Magnusson Institute, the foremost repository of old Icelandic manuscripts. He is also a retired professor of literature and an author who has written numerous books on literary history and criticism. We discuss the life and work of medieval Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

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Music: Danheim – Framganga

An Introduction to the Old Norse Sagas with Dr. Jackson Crawford

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Today I chat with Dr. Jackson Crawford, an Old Norse specialist, and translator teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss everything a beginner will need to know about the Old Norse sagas, including the genres, characters, and more.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

1000 AD: A Tour of the Viking World // Vikings Documentary

Dr. Crawford’s translation of The Poetic Edda

Dr. Crawford’s translation of The Saga of the Volsungs

Dr. Crawford’s YouTube Channel

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

The Saga of Egill Skallagrímsson with Dr. Torfi Tulinius

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Today I chat with Dr. Torfi Tulinius, Professor of Medieval Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland. We discuss Egil Skallagrímsson, the Viking Age poet and warrior who is best known as being the protagonist in Egill’s Saga.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

The Enigma of Egill: The Saga, the Viking Poet, and Snorri Sturluson

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Old Norse Death Poetry with Dr. Mathias Nordvig

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Today I speak with Dr. Mathias Nordvig of the University of Colorado Boulder. He teaches Pre-Christian Nordic mythologies, Scandinavian folklore, North Atlantic and Greenlandic literature, reception history of the Viking Age in the Nordic Studies Program there. We discuss Old Norse death poetry, what those poems teach us about the Viking Age, and more. 

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

The Daily Poem Podcast

Dr. Mathias Nordvig’s Nordic Mythology YouTube Chanel

Dr. Mathias Nordvig’s Website

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

The Danelaw with Dr. Jane Kershaw

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Today I chat with Dr. Jane Kershaw of Oxford University about the Danelaw. Listen for a conversation about the Scandinavian influence in medieval England and the cultural impact it left behind.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Libromania – A Podcast for Book Lovers

Dr. Jane Kershaw on Academia.edu

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The Kalevala and European Mythologies with Northern Myths Podcast

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Today I chat with Luke de Wolf and Dan Larabie of the Northern Myths Podcast. We discuss the Finnish Kalevala and how it contrasts to works of Norse myth.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

The Daily Poem Podcast

Northern Myths Podcast

Northern Myths Patreon

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

Laxdæla Saga: Origins of the Icelandic Sagas with Gísli Sigurðsson

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Today I chat with Professor Gísli Sigurðsson of the University of Iceland about Laxdæla saga. We discuss the origin of this well-known Icelandic saga, the key characters it features, and whether it should be considered a historical source.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Libromania – A Podcast for Book Lovers

Medieval Icelandic Saga and Oral Tradition: A Discourse on Method.

Gaelic Influence in Iceland

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Ibn Fadlan, the Varangian Guard, & the Rus’ with Dr. James Montgomery

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Today I had a chat with Dr. James Montgomery of Cambridge University about medieval Arabic traveler Ibn Fadlan. Ibn Fadlan’swriting is an interesting source for the Viking Age and provides a foreigner’s perspective on the people he called the Rus’.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

JORVIK Viking Festival

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr