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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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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

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

Excavating a Viking Age Trading Town with Dr. Peter Addyman

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Today I had a chat with Dr. Peter Addyman, British archaeologist and original director of York Archaeological Trust. We discussed the history of Viking Age York and the discoveries he made during the Coppergate Dig of the 1970-80s.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

JORVIK Viking Festival 

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

Viking Age York & JORVIK Viking Centre with Sarah Maltby

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Today I chat with Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions for York Archaeological Trust. We discuss the rich history of Viking Age York in the spirit of the upcoming JORVIK Viking Festival.

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JORVIK Viking Festival

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr

Echoes of Valhalla: The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas with Jón Karl Helgason

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Listen for an excellent conversation with Dr. Jón Karl Helgason on this new book, Echoes of Valhalla: The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas. Dr. Helgason is a professor at the University of Iceland and describes the way in which the myths of Old Norse literature have lived on throughout history. From Tolkien’s Wizard Gandalf, Richard Wagner’s famous operas, and Marvel’s Mighty Thor: these are only a few examples of how Old Norse literature has shaped the lives of many over the past 150 years.

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Echoes of Valhalla: The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas

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Viking Age Iceland with Dr. Mathias Nordvig

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Today I chat with Dr. Mathias Nordivg who teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Nordic Studies Program. He teaches Pre-Christian Nordic mythologies, Scandinavian folklore, North Atlantic and Greenlandic literature, reception history of the Viking Age, and much more.  In today’s episode, we discuss the history of Viking Age Iceland, Icelandic discovery and settlement, and Icelandic volcanic eruptions that affected the Viking Age. 

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Follow Dr. Mathias Nordvig on Academia.edu

Dr. Mathias Nordvig’s Nordic Mythology YouTube Chanel

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Music: Danheim – Framganga

Viking Age London – A Citadel of the Saxons with Dr. Rory Naismith

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Today I chat with Dr. Rory Naismith, an early medievalist at King’s Collge London and author of a new book called Citadel of the Saxons: The Rise of Early London. We discuss the history of Viking Age London and Anglo-Saxon England in addition to topics relating to Viking Age England.

Referenced in Today’s Episode:

JORVIK Viking Festival

Citadel of the Saxons: The Rise of Early London

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Music: Danheim – Framganga & Folkvangr