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Norse Mythology for Smart People - The Ultimate Online Guide to Norse Mythology and Religion. The Cowboy Hávamál – Jackson Crawford. “The Cowboy Havamal,” from The Wanderer’s Hávamál, translated by Jackson Crawford, Copyright © 2019, Hackett Publishing Co.

The Cowboy Hávamál – Jackson Crawford

Reproduced exclusively on by permission of Hackett Publishing Co. (148) How to ACTUALLY pronounce names from Norse Mythology (Icelandic) Articles & Interviews on Myth & Religion. This series of posts presents an abbreviated version of lectures that I gave on Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (August 7, 2014) and the Wagner Society of America (January 28, 2015).

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I have removed all discussion of musical elements, as it makes little sense without audio excerpts. Instead, this series focuses on the roots of Wagner’s Tannhäuser libretto in myth, legend, literature and history. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is currently presenting a production of the opera that runs February 9 through March 15. Articles & Interviews on Myth & Religion.

Land Spirits - Norse Mythology for Smart People. Old Norse Names: Meanings and Customs. Articles & Interviews on Myth & Religion. Translator’s Note The anonymous Old English poem known as The Wanderer is preserved only in the Exeter Book, a compilation most likely written down around the year 975.

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The poem provides a striking first-person lament spoken by an Anglo-Saxon warrior who wanders the world alone after losing his lord and companions. The Wanderer's reflections on his past life experiences make no mention of overtly Christian concepts, despite the short bit of framing narration after the monologue that provides a devout gloss. Instead, we read of the workings of fate (wyrd) and the relationships of reciprocal gifting in pre-Christian warrior society. Bruce Mitchell and Fred C. Jackson Crawford. Articles & Interviews on Myth & Religion. I regularly receive emails from students of various ages asking to interview me about Norse mythology and Norse religion for their class projects.

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These requests come too often for me to answer them all, but I have answered the questions of five inquisitive young people over the last seven years. Today, I’m posting my answers to a sixth student. In 2011, I answered a series of questions from a high school student. In 2012, I wrote replies to a middle school student. I was interviewed by one sixth grader in 2013 and another in 2014. Ēostre - Real Goddess or Bede's Invention?

*Disclaimer* This article is in no way intended to proselytize for or against any religion, or to prove Ostara literally exists as a spiritual entity.

Ēostre - Real Goddess or Bede's Invention?

This is a historical analysis of evidence that is often overlooked in the assessment of the historicity of the "cult" of Eostre/Ostara - i.e. was she worshiped historically by the Germanic people of Anglo-Saxon England and the Saxons on the continent. The Controversy. Contents of alvíssmál 1-11. Inhalt von alvíssmál 11.

Contents of alvíssmál 1-11

Trolls of Denmark. This folktale is from J.

Trolls of Denmark

M. Thiele's "Danske Folkesagn" with illustrations by Johan Thomas Lundbye. The story is from Zealand, and you will see that the troll is portrayed as a small fellow, about the size of a child. "There once was a midwife named Gertrud. Tyr - Norse Mythology for Smart People. Tyr (pronounced like the English word “tier”; Old Norse Týr, Old English Tiw, Old High German *Ziu, Gothic Tyz, Proto-Germanic *Tiwaz, “god”[1][2]) is a Norse war god, but also the god who, more than any other, presides over matters of law and justice.

Tyr - Norse Mythology for Smart People

His role in the surviving Viking Age myths is relatively slight, and his status in the later part of the Viking Age may have been correspondingly minor. But this wasn’t always the case. Other kinds of evidence show us that Tyr was once one of the most important gods to the Norse and other Germanic peoples. War, Law, and Justice. Norse Shape Shifters  – Of Wolf and Man. The Figure of Loki in Germanic Mythology. Complete List of Viking Gods and Goddesses. Complete list of viking Gods and Goddesses.

Complete List of Viking Gods and Goddesses

List of viking Gods and heroes. Viking mythology. Viking Gods in alphabetical order. Aegir – beer, gold, hospitality, sea & water. Baldur – light, wisdom & wisdom. Articles & Interviews on Myth & Relgion. Word from word sought a word for me, deed from deed sought a deed for me. – Hávamál The Norse mythology books listed below are free to read online or download as eBooks.

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Some editions are out of print or were published before 1923 (and therefore in the public domain). Others have been posted online by academic institutions, authors, publishers or scholarly societies. The age of some of these works means that they feature dated translations and scholarship. The Norse God Family Tree – Veritable Hokum. UPDATE 11/23/2015: I made a poster version! Check it out! I realize this is a weird way to lay out a family tree. In my defense, it’s a weird family. And also a very inconsistent family – a lot of these relations are vaguely defined at best, and in some cases different sources directly contradict each other.

The most comprehensive primary source, written by Snorri Sturluson, is the least reliable by far, because it’s partly true but badly cited, and partly made up, and we can’t be really sure which is which. Now, onto the individual descriptions of all those gods up there. Understanding the Fylgjur. The Old Norse Language and How to Learn It. Ask veit ek standa, heitir Yggdrasill, hár baðmr, ausinn hvíta auri; þaðan koma döggvar, þærs í dala falla, stendr æ yfir grænn Urðarbrunni. (“There stands an ash called Yggdrasil, A mighty tree showered in white hail. The Norse God Family Tree – Veritable Hokum. HOLIDAY DEADLINES:According to the print shop I’m using to print and ship these, these are the last days I can guarantee things will be in your hands before the holidays:United States: December 8Canada: December 4Europe/Asia/Pacific/Australia/New Zealand/Carribean: November 24Africa/Central & South America/Middle East: November 16 I should mention that this (along with basically all of our info on Norse mythology) is based on the comprehensive-but-questionable work of a 13th century Icelander named Snorri Sturluson.

In general, I went with the English versions of their names (as opposed to Old Norse, which would have looked so different in some cases that I figured no one would be able to read it). These prints are super high-quality - bright colors, matte finish, and paper so thick it makes a noise when you hit things with it (although I wouldn't try it unless you like your posters bent). Seriously, I'd call them art prints if it didn't make me feel so pretentious. A Norse God Family Tree. You Can’t Keep a Dead Man Down: Draugar in Lore and Life.

Originally published in Idunna #70, Yule, 2006. A PDF version of this article is available.


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Gods and Goddesses on the Edge: Myth and Liminality. Viking Society Web Publications. Scandinavian Creatures.