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Thingvellir and Viking Assembly Sites with Dr. Alexandra Sanmark

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Today I chat with Dr. Alexandra Sanmark, Reader in Medieval Archaeology at the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We discuss assembly sites across the Old Norse World and the significance they had in how the Vikings governed their people.

Be sure to check out my new book  The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide.

The Poetic Edda is a collection of medieval Icelandic poems about the Norse gods and their human heroes. It is a crucial source for Norse myth and has inspired the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkein and the operas of Richard Wagner.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Viking Law and Order

Dr. Sanmark’s Biography, Work, and Publications

Recommended Articles by Ancient History Encyclopedia:

The Legendary Settlement of Iceland

Ragnar Lothbrok

Twelve Great Viking Leaders

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

The Old Norse Language with Dr. John Hines

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Today I speak with Dr. John Hines, Professor of Archaeology at the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion at Cardiff University. We discuss the origin of the Old Norse language and the influence it has had across the medieval world. Additionally, we discuss the Old Norse system of writing (runes) and early examples of this type of writing.

Be sure to check out my new book  The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide.

The Poetic Edda is a collection of medieval Icelandic poems about the Norse gods and their human heroes. It is a crucial source for Norse myth and has inspired the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkein and the operas of Richard Wagner.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Dr. John Hines Biography, Work, and Publications

Recommended Articles by Ancient History Encyclopedia:

The Vikings in Iceland

Vikings TV Series – Truths and Fictions

Vikings: Jewelry, Weapons & Social Change at The VIKINGR Exhibition

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Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or inquiries noah@thehistoryofvikings.com

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Why Did the Viking Age Begin? with History with Hilbert

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Today I chat with prolific historical YouTuber and good friend Hilbert. In today’s episode, we ask the important question ”Why did the Viking Age begin?” and discuss the causes and effects of the medieval Scandinavians.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

History with Hilbert YouTube channel

Recommended Articles by Ancient History Encyclopedia:

Vikings

Vikings TV Series – Truths and Fictions

The Vikings in Ireland

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Announcing The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide

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Today I have the pleasure of announcing the release of a new book titled The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide.

The Poetic Edda is a collection of medieval Icelandic poems about the Norse gods and their human heroes. It is a crucial source for Norse myth and has inspired the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkein and the operas of Richard Wagner.

Recommended Articles by Ancient History Encyclopedia:

Edda

Norse Mythology

Ten Legendary Female Viking Warriors

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Music: Danheim – Framganga

Tolkien’s Old Norse Influences with Dr. Ármann Jakobsson

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Today I chat with Dr. Ármann Jakobsson, Professor of medieval Icelandic literature at the University of Iceland. We discuss the ways in which Old Norse literature inspired the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Jakobsson’s Website & Work

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Recommended Articles by Ancient History Encyclopedia:

Norse Ghosts & the Afterlife

Norse Ghosts & Funerary Rites

Edda

Saga

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Music: Danheim – Framganga

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

Follow Dr. Gunnell on Academia.edu

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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Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions or inquiries noah@thehistoryofvikings.com

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