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  • In this episode we cover Rígsþula, or the Lay of Rig, from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology. We hear how Heimdall, going by Rig, visits 3 couples representing the classes of slaves, free men, and lords, and helps them to reproduce. Their divine children illustrate how the classes of men in the viking age would have lived, and we see how society would have developed from agricultural tribes to thriving kingdoms.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

    The Northern Myths Podcast is sponsored by Grimfrost, our favorite source of Norse and Viking merchandise. Based in Sweden, they have a vast selection of historical Viking reproductions as well as contemporary products inspired by Viking Age culture. Just like our show, they aim to build a bridge between the past and the present, bringing relevant parts of the old Norse culture into today's world. Some of our favorite products of theirs include their great shirts which we wear all the time, their beard care products, and their excellent drinking horns. Check out their website, grimfrost.com, to see everything they have available.

    Our intro and outtro music is Takk from the album Sagnamadr by Folket Bortafor Nordavinden. Check the album out on Spotify, and you can purchase from Grimfrost.com or Amazon.

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

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    You can also email us at northernmythspodcast@gmail.com

  • We are joined by Lee Accomando, host of the Viking Age Podcast! His show is one of the longest running Norse/Viking themed shows, and he certainly paved the way for us in a lot of ways so we're excited to have him on! We had a great discussion, talking about how his podcast has developed over the years and hearing some of his favorite stories, including the discovery of Iceland and some of the exploits of Gunnhild, Mother of Kings.

    You can find the Viking Age Podcast and all of Lee's social media information at http://vikingagepodcast.com/

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    The Northern Myths Podcast is sponsored by Grimfrost, our favorite source of Norse and Viking merchandise. Based in Sweden, they have a vast selection of historical Viking reproductions as well as contemporary products inspired by Viking Age culture. Just like our show, they aim to build a bridge between the past and the present, bringing relevant parts of the old Norse culture into today's world. Some of our favorite products of theirs include their great shirts which we wear all the time, their beard care products, and their excellent drinking horns. Check out their website, grimfrost.com, to see everything they have available.

    Our intro and outtro music is Takk from the album Sagnamadr by Folket Bortafor Nordavinden. Check the album out on Spotify, and you can purchase from Grimfrost.com or Amazon.

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

    You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:
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    You can also email us at northernmythspodcast@gmail.com

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  • In this episode we return to the Kalevala with Kalevala Runo 9 - The Origin of Iron. Väinämöinen is being healed by the old man he met at the end of the last Runo, and they discuss the mythological origin of iron. This poem deals with the development of technology, both through the development of refining iron into steel and subsequently into tools and weapons, as well as the development of methods of healing!

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
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    The Northern Myths Podcast is sponsored by Grimfrost, our favorite source of Norse and Viking merchandise. Based in Sweden, they have a vast selection of historical Viking reproductions as well as contemporary products inspired by Viking Age culture. Just like our show, they aim to build a bridge between the past and the present, bringing relevant parts of the old Norse culture into today's world. Some of our favorite products of theirs include their great shirts which we wear all the time, their beard care products, and their excellent drinking horns. Check out their website, grimfrost.com, to see everything they have available.

    Our intro and outtro music is Takk from the album Sagnamadr by Folket Bortafor Nordavinden. Check the album out on Spotify, and you can purchase from Grimfrost.com or Amazon.

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

    You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:
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    You can also email us at northernmythspodcast@gmail.com

  • In this episode we interview the hosts of the Saga Thing podcast, one of the longest running shows in the Norse/Viking space and a show that we personally enjoy very much. We had an entertaining talk, and a few times where they really made us think about the nature of the literature we all enjoy.

    Check out Saga Thing's website for more information about their show: https://sagathingpodcast.wordpress.com/

    Saga Thing iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/saga-thing/id721349054

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    The Northern Myths Podcast is sponsored by Grimfrost, our favorite source of Norse and Viking merchandise. Based in Sweden, they have a vast selection of historical Viking reproductions as well as contemporary products inspired by Viking Age culture. Just like our show, they aim to build a bridge between the past and the present, bringing relevant parts of the old Norse culture into today's world. Some of our favorite products of theirs include their great shirts which I wear all the time, their beard care products, and their excellent drinking horns. Check out their website, grimfrost.com, to see everything they have available.

    Our intro and outtro music is Takk from the album Sagnamadr by Folket Bortafor Nordavinden. Check the album out on Spotify, and you can purchase from Grimfrost.com or Amazon.

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

    You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:
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  • We return to the story of the Death of Baldr through the famous poem Baldrs Draumar, or Baldr's Dreams, where Odin rides down into the underworld to find out why his son Baldr is having bad dreams about his death. We dive into the symbolism behind Baldr and what he and his death represent, and the ways the different versions of the story can change the meaning.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

    Our intro and outtro music is Takk from the album Sagnamadr by Folket Bortafor Nordavinden. Check the album out on Spotify, and you can purchase from Grimfrost.com or Amazon.

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

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  • We continue our series on the Kalevala with Runo 8 - Väinämöinen's Wound. Väinämöinen gets distracted on his way home from Pohjola when he sees a maiden of Pohja. She makes him complete seemingly impossible challenges in order to win her hand in marriage, and Väinämöinen makes a potentially grave mistake!

    The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

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  • Our good friend Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings podcast joins us for the second time on the anniversary of his podcast! We talk about some of his favorite experiences from his first year of podcasting, including visiting the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, UK. Noah has recently published a book, The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide. We'll provide a link below.

    We had a problem with our end of the audio which we only discovered after the interview. We did our best to fix it up but it's still a little off. Fortunately Noah talks more than we do in this interview, and we hope you bear with us because it was a good chat regardless.

    Noah's book The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide can be found on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2I6WnWU

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
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    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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  • In this episode we read Alvissmal, or the Words of All-Wise, from the Poetic Edda. The dwarf Alvis (or All-Wise) visits Thor's hall to bring back Thor's daughter as his bride, and Thor acts very un-Thor-like as he deals with this unwelcome guest!

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
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    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

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  • Väinämöinen has been shot down into the sea by Joukahainen. Where he goes from there and who he meets will set the biggest story of the Kalevala in motion. Join us as we find out what happens with Väinämöinen and when he meets Louhi, the mistress of Pohjola.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

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  • We are joined for the second time by Siobhan Clark, author of Children of Midgard and host of the Myth Legend & Lore podcast. We discuss the folklore of Scotland, especially the Shetland and Orkney islands, including the Finfolk, Kelpies, and Selkies, as well as the Norse influence on the region and the importance of great stories in our childhoods.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    Books referenced in this episode:
    John Gregorson Campbell - The Gaelic Otherworld
    Reimund Kvideland & Henning K. Sehmsdorf - Scandinavian Folk Belief and Legend
    Geddes & Grosset - Celtic Mythology
    James MacKinlay - Folklore of the Scottish Lochs and Springs

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
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    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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  • Hear how Volund is captured by the evil king Nithuth, and how he gets his revenge. We explore themes relating to society and technology, and the dangers of unconsciousness and resentment.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

    The video that we reference by Jonathan Pageau about the symbolism of the One Ring in the Lord of the Rings can be found here: https://youtu.be/QafvZZTtNpE

    We reference the book The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff. It can be found here: https://amzn.to/2Gqtdkp

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

    We also have Northern Myths Podcast merchandise available at our official shop.

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  • This is the conclusion of the story of Joukahainen, and this poem wraps up some of the themes which started in the Runos 3 to 5. As Väinämöinen travels toward new adventures in Pohjola, Joukahainen is consumed with resentment and directs his anger towards Väinämöinen.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

    Dan was thinking of Vladimir Lenin when he mentioned Karl Marx.

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    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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  • In this episode we cover some of the history and traditions of Yule, the pre-Christian midwinter festival of the Norse and Germanic peoples. We discuss the timing of Yule based on the phases of the moon, Odin's Wild Hunt, the child-eating character Krampus, as well as Finnish traditions around the Christmas season.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    And, as 2018 draws to a close, we'd like to acknowledge many of the great folks who have supported us with our amazing journey, starting with all our wonderful guests who have been on the show this year!

    A big thank you to:

    Noah Tetzner - Host of the History of Vikings Podcast
    Siobhan Clark - Author of Children of Midgard and Host of the Myths, Legends, and Lore Podcast
    Professor Carolyne Larrington - Professor of Medieval European Literature at Oxford University and Translator of the Poetic Edda
    Tuomas Rounakari of Shamanviolin and Korpiklaani
    Eric Schumacher - Author of Hakon's Saga
    Fjörn the Skald of the Fjörn's Hall Podcast and Blog
    Jocko Willink and Leif Babin - Authors of Extreme Ownership and the Dichotomy of Leadership
    Dr. Jackson Crawford - Translator of Old Norse Literature and Instructor and Director of Nordic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder
    Heri Joensen of Tyr
    Einar Selvik of Wardruna

    You have all been a wonderful addition to our show and have given us some amazing conversations.

    Also a big thanks to quite a few others:

    Going Viking - a great page of Norse and Viking content that we're thrilled to be a part of.
    Heathen Moon - Ryan and Amanda are great friends of the show with a fantastic web shop. We were recipients of some amazing rune sets. Check them out for some fantastic hand made products!
    Viking Beard Co - An excellent source of beard products that we're happy to recommend!
    Viking Age Podcast and the Saga Thing Podcast - Last but certainly not least, two of our predecessors who paved the way with the absolute standard for Viking and Norse themed podcasts. We're honoured to be mentioned in the same sentence or paragraph with these great shows and we recommend them highly!

    Everyone else who we've been in touch with and in contact with, thank you so much for listening or watching and getting in touch! Thank you to everyone who has supported the show and made this an amazing experience. 2018 has been bigger than we could have ever imagined and we think 2019 will be even better!

    Happy new year from Luke and Dan at the Northern Myths Podcast!

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    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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  • This humorous story involves Thor, Loki, and Freya retrieving a stolen Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, from the giant Thrym. Among other things, Thor gets dressed up in a wedding dress and nearly gets married to Thrym. Will it all be worth it?

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
    Northern Myths Podcast YouTube Channel

    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

    Show Outline:

    0:00:00 - Introduction to Thrymskvida, The Lay of Thrym also known as the Theft of Mjolnir
    0:05:27 - Stanzas 1-2: Thor wakes up to find Mjolnir missing! He asks Loki for help!
    0:12:30 - Stanzas 3-6: Thor and Loki go to Freya to borrow her feather suit. Loki flies to Jotunheim in the suit.
    0:22:10 - Stanzas 7-8: Thrym admits to Loki that he stole Mjolnir, and will only give it back if Freya will marry him
    0:31:54 - Stanzas 9-11: Loki returns to Asgard and tells Thor the bad news
    0:35:24 - Stanzas 12-13: Thor tells Freya to come with him to Jotunheim. She angrily refuses.
    0:44:57 - Stanzas 14-16: The Gods have a conference. Heimdall suggests that Thor dress up as Freya and go to the wedding.
    0:54:40 - Stanzas 17-20: Thor doesn't like Heimdall's idea. Loki tells him it's the only way.
    1:01:34 - Stanzas 21-23: Thor and Loki travel to Jotunheim. Thrym welcomes them with a great feast.
    1:09:44 - Stanzas 24-26: Thor eats a whole ox while pretending to be Freya. Loki lies to Thrym to keep from getting found out.
    1:14:26 - Stanzas 27-28: Thrym lifts Thor's veil and sees Thor's fierce eyes. Loki covers Thor's tracks again.
    1:17:05 - Stanzas 29-30: Thrym brings Mjolnir to bless the marriage and lays it on Thor's lap.
    1:26:36 - Stanzas 31-32: Thor smashes all the giants with Mjolnir

    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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  • This is a story about moving on after a period of grief. In the aftermath of the Fate of Aino, Väinämöinen struggles to come to terms with the loss of his betrothed. We also explore the symbolic parallels to how society treats its younger generations.

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
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    Show Outline:

    0:00:00 - Introduction to Kalevala Runo 5 - Väinämöinen's Fishing. Recap of the Fate of Aino.
    0:06:37 - Lines 01 - 12: Väinämöinen grieves over the passing of Aino. He did not mean for harm to come to her.
    0:23:41 - Lines 13 - 34: Väinämöinen seeks the wisdom of Untamo, the spirit of sleep. Soul searching in the unconscious mind.
    0:35:46 - Lines 35 - 72: Väinämöinen goes fishing and catches the most beautiful fish he's ever seen.
    0:45:13 - Lines 73 - 144: The fish turns out to be Aino, and Väinämöinen asks her to return. She escapes, never to return.
    1:09:15 - Lines 145 - 164: Väinämöinen tries to catch Aino again, and catches many other fish, but never Aino.
    1:15:43 - Lines 165 - 191: Väinämöinen realizes the error of his ways and how he was at fault for the loss of Aino.
    1:21:14 - Lines 192 - 241: Väinämöinen receives wisdom from his dead mother, who tells him to pursue the maids of Pohja.
    1:32:59 - Recap of Kalevala Runo 5.

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  • The Gods hold a feast in the hall of Aegir! Everyone is there! Odin, Frigg, Freyr, Freya, Njord, Vidar. Everyone but Thor. Loki is there too. And Loki is full of bitterness and hatred. This famous poem is the rap battle of the Gods. Will Loki put the Gods in their place, or will the Gods exact their punishment on the trickster? Find out with us as we read Lokasenna!

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.

    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

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    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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  • We are joined by Einar Selvik of Norwegian band Wardruna! We discuss the influences behind Einar's music, the way he brings relevant elements of the past into the present through his work, and his upcoming projects including Wardruna's upcoming album, Skald!

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  • In Kalevala Runo 4 we read about the Fate of Aino, who was promised to marry Väinämöinen by her brother Joukahainen.

    This episode includes discussion of serious topics including depression and suicide. If you need help, you can reach out to someone at 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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    The Kalevala is the epic national poem of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot from folk poetry from throughout Finland, Karelia, Estonia, and what is now northwest Russia, the Kalevala describes the worldview of the Finnish people from ancient times through to the modern day. It includes the adventures of Väinämöinen and Joukahainen, Ilmarinen and Lemminkäinen, from the distant lands of Pohjola, to Kalevala's wide heathlands.

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  • We are joined by Heri Joensen of the Faroese metal band Týr. We discuss the mythological and traditional inspirations of the band, themes in Týr's albums, and the importance of mythology in the modern world.

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  • We conclude our series on the Havamal and we cover one of the most important stories of Norse Mythology: Odin's sacrifice on the world tree to win the runes!

    This is the Northern Myths Podcast, an archetypal exploration of the myths and legends of Northern Europe, including Norse mythology, the Finnish Kalevala, and more. If you'd like to support the show you can support us on Patreon here: Northern Myths Podcast Patreon

    The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.

    The Havamal is the collection of poetry attributed to Odin. It is included in the Poetic Edda and is a core element of Norse Mythology. The Havamal is a book of wisdom full of contraditions. At once it is an example of how to live and a cautionary tale mistakes to avoid. Included in the Havamal are the stories of the winning of the mead of poetry and Odin's sacrifice of himself to himself to discover the runes.

    If you'd like to follow along with our reading of the Poetic Edda you can pick up the great translation of the Poetic Edda we're reading by Jackson Crawford, you can purchase it here: The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford

    It is also available as an audiobook which we highly recommend. Dr. Crawford has a great voice for it, and actually pronounces everything properly. It's a must have if you like our show! Available here: The Poetic Edda Audiobook

    Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all episodes and interesting clips of the show:
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    If you'd like to follow along with us or learn more about the ideas we talk about on the show, we have a list of recommended books on our website. Included are our recommended copies of the Poetic Edda and the Kalevala, as well as books about archetypal narrative, comparative religion, and more: Recommended Books

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